Review: Shadowbound by Bec McMaster

Posted January 19, 2018 by Annie in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Shadowbound by Bec McMaster
Shadowbound
by Bec McMaster

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 8 2016
Series: Dark Arts #1
Published by Self Published
Format: eBook
 

“[Bec McMaster] writes some of the best heroes and heroines out there.”
~ Under the Covers

I’m a big fan of Bec McMaster so I will read pretty much anything she writes. The Dark Arts series is much like her London Steampunk one. Although it follows different characters in a different world, there are some similarities like the setting and the complex worldbuilding. You’ll also see great characterization from McMaster, as I think she writes some of the best heroes and heroines out there.

Speaking of the main couple, Ianthe and Rathbourne are a really good pair. At first, I wondered how they would get along because they seem to be polar opposites, but they do have a past that binds them together, which helps in moving things along. I was a particular fan of Rathbourne. He has quite a few great lines, some of which are very steamy. He’s definitely a hero that you need to watch out for.

One of the standout things about this book is the worldbuilding. It’s set in London, but explores the magical and more sinister areas. It’s certainly fascinating to read, but I did think it was a bit confusing in the beginning. There’s already quite a bit going on in the very beginning so I think that’s where things could have been explained better. But overall, I do really like the fact that the author made it complex. It keeps things interesting.

So if you like Paranormal Romance with a bit of Steampunk elements, then you definitely need to check Bec McMaster out.

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About Bec McMaster

Bec McMaster lives in a small town in country Victoria, Australia, and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of Romance Writers of America, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not reading, writing or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Amy R

Adding to my wishlist, thanks for the review.

Darynda
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Darynda

I got to blurb Bec’s first book and I’ve been a fan ever since. Can’t wait to start this series! Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds good!

Amy R
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Amy R

Adding to my wishlist, thanks for the review.

Darynda
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Darynda

I got to blurb Bec’s first book and I’ve been a fan ever since. Can’t wait to start this series! Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds good!

Kathy valentine
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Kathy valentine

Fabulous review annie!!! I’ve put all of this series on my tbr gr list!!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Kathy valentine

Fabulous review annie!!! I’ve put all of this series on my tbr gr list!!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Jen @BTH Reviews

Great review. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m a Bec McMaster fan too.

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Jen @BTH Reviews

Great review. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m a Bec McMaster fan too.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie. Looking forward to reading it

Lexi
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Lexi

I’m with you, McMaster’s books are great. Nice review!

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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie. Looking forward to reading it

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Lexi

I’m with you, McMaster’s books are great. Nice review!