Review: Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge

Posted May 7, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge

Review: Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge

5 Stars


Demon Bound
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Series: Black London #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Released: December 1st 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 346
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

 

The story continues on from Street Magic the first book in the Black London series. Jack has been keeping secrets and this secret is about to come back on him after 13 years; his time is finally up and a demon has come to collect what is owed him. But Jack has found something to live for, someone who needs him and he won’t be dragged down to Hell without a fight.

I thought this book was brilliant, like the previous book it was dark and gritty with the magic of the Black like smog over the book. I really like how Kittredge portrays magic as dark, violent and treacherous, not a world you really want to get dragged into. The Black is like another character in the book, it hangs over everything and unless you can leash it, it leashes you, it felt like you were permanently walking over a tight rope just waiting for a malevolent gust of wind to knock you off. This is the sort of world that has shaped the main character of Jack Winter.

This book was told from Jacks POV so you get a closer look at his character and he is definitely a one. He is selfish, a liar, a murderer, a junkie, and a sarcastic sod with a foul mouth, but really you can’t help but like him as, although he is all those things he is also more complicated than that. His most redeemable feature being his protectiveness over Pete and the fact that you know he hasn’t fighting because he cares what happens to him, rather that he needs to stay alive so he can guard Pete and mentor her in the Black.

The story was fast paced and always left you on edge, you never knew quite what was going to happen and even to the very last page you weren’t assured a happily ever after, or even a happy-for-a–while-until-something-else-horrible–decides-to-kill-me. This was a dark urban-fantasy and I imagine that the next book Bone Gods will continue on in the same vein. But this book was again well written and in Kittredge’s distinctive style; very poetic and descriptive. She manages to get the feeling of an abstract concept/entity like the Black across very well and writes the characters and all their flaws and facets excellently.

I really like how this series this series is coming on and I can’t wait to read the third book Bone Gods as the story of Jack and Pete continues.

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About Caitlin Kittredge

Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime.

Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin’s.

Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones.

Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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