Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster on September 24, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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Larissa Ione's bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night...
A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .
A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.
Larissa Ione’s Bound by Night is an unusual deviation from most vampire stories. This is a story where vampires albeit strong, fast, and other worldly, are considered lower class to humans. I found this authors take to be very interesting. However implausible it may seem, this is a work of fiction, the story takes on the challenges of societal morality. Can humans and vampires coexist? What are the implications of using vampires as slaves? Why are the humans able to have control over these vampire slaves? Should vampires have more rights?
The vampires that aren’t kept as slaves by humans, are hidden from the world, living in the woods, in camps or secret hideaways. They live in clans and struggle with low birthrates. But this is a society where humans are in charge. The story does discuss the legend of vampires and even attributes their beginnings to Native Americans which I thought was interesting. But there seems to be a larger more ominous story lurking in the background. One which will be more looked at in the second book. The vampire race is dwindling in true blood born vampires. They consist mostly of “turned” vampires.
Nicole, our protagonist is a human woman, whose entire family (with the exception of her step-brother) was wiped out by the vampire slaves that lived with them. Her family owned and operated Daedalus, a company that fronted as a research facility. Nicole lost her family at a very young age and was haunted by her hatred of vampires. She watched her beloved nanny die at the hands of her vampire mate, Riker. Nicole saw Riker as the evil vampire he was however, she could never deny her compassion and love for her vampire nanny. Ms. Ione did a great job of showing the reader Nicole’s plight. We’re products of our environment and as children we believe what we’re told and what we see. Nicole saw her nanny die at the hands of Riker. Nicole was told over and over again that vampires were evil and were to be hated. But we all know a child’s heart is pure. Nicole’s love for her nanny, her compassion, and kindness contradict all that she was told and all that she has seen.
Riker has never gotten over the death of his mate. He not only holds the humans responsible, he holds himself responsible. So when his clan, Moonbound, are forced to work with a human to find a kidnapped female vampire from another clan, he’s a mess. Especially when the human is from the family where his mate was a slave. He hates humans. He’s been around a long time, seen too much. He has no toleration for them. They are a means to an end and he would happily kill them all. Until Nicole. He hates her as much as he doesn’t. I really enjoyed his journey in this story. When feelings for someone force you to look at your beliefs and make changes you never thought you would. When feelings for someone else force you to deal with your own demons.
Bound by Night is a journey in societal right and wrong, overcoming hatred, believing in yourself, forgiveness, and even love. My biggest issue with this story, was I found it confusing at times. I wished there had been a prologue that explained the history of vampires, the history of Daedalus and how the hatred between the two began. Instead we were fed the information in pieces and sometimes repeatedly and I had to read and re-read in order to understand. There are also a lot of loose ends. Daedalus is still operating as usual. The public is still up in arms over the freedom that vampires have, while vampires are fighting for answers and trying to survive. The story line between Nicole and Riker, I feel is far from over and I hope that Ms. Ione completes it. None of this deters from the likability of the story and I very much look forward to book two which is Hunter’s story.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*