by Keri Arthur
Paperback: 432 pages
Available: May 25, 2010
Genre: Romantic Urban Fantasy
Book received from: Random House
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read the entire series up to the final book Moon Sworn, you may find this review as well as the blurb for the book to contain spoilers. (Comments may contain spoilers as well)
Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate.
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.
It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to a series that I’ve loved. After becoming attached to a cast of characters and having seen them through adventures, love, loss and joy, it’s difficult to know that it all must come to an end. However on some level I must appreciate an author that knows when to wrap up the story arc and move on. When to tie up the loose ends, put everything in order and say goodbye. Moon Sworn is the 9th and final book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series.
After what I would call a very emotional and unexpected ending in Bound to Shadows, Moon Sworn picks up with Riley mourning her soul-mate Kye’s death at her own hands, and the death of her long time friend Kade. While she has much to live for she is questioning her future as a Guardian and where her life is heading. She longs to realize her dream of having a family and leaving the violent life of a Guardian behind. However, because of the changes that are occurring in her body due to an experimental drug given to her, she is bound to the Directorate indefinitely.
When it becomes apparent that a killer is at work leaving brutally slain bodies of recently released ex-cons around, Riley is back on the job and deep in a mystery. She is once again the bold, vivacious Guardian we’ve come to know, determined to get the job done. But an enemy from her past is hell bent on revenge and has hatched an elaborate plan to get to her. Riley’s life will never be the same and she may lose everything and everyone she loves if she cannot indentify and conquer the enemy that seeks to take everything from her.
As this series has progressed the stories have become more and more exciting, always entertaining, and I’ve become somewhat emotionally invested in the characters and their lives. Knowing this was the last book in the series I was both excited and a little sad to read it. Without spoiling I will say that Moon Sworn gave me everything I was hoping for, for Riley Jenson. Having seen her struggle and grow throughout the series, I’ve always hoped that someday she would get her happily ever after, but sometimes that comes in ways one would not expect. Moon Sworn offers a thrilling murder mystery as well as a few unexpected surprises for Riley.
There was an aspect to the story that threw me off just a bit. It was the temporary absence of the characters key to Riley’s life throughout the course of the series. I realize this is Riley’s story and so the book should focus mostly on her, however, being the last book in the series I had hoped for more page time for Quinn, Rhoan, Leander and Jack. They do of course get some page time, but for a period of time it just felt like a there was a flat spot in story without them and I really missed Riley’s interaction with these characters.
Quinn and Riley have had a tumultuous relationship and I have not always liked Quinn or his treatment of Riley. But he too has grown with in the series becoming the man and vampire that fully owns Riley’s heart. Although I didn’t think it was possible for me to like him more than in Bound To Shadows, I fell well and truly hard for him in Moon Sworn.
Now that we have to say good-bye to Riley, I look forward to Keri Arthur’s spin-off series featuring Risa, daughter of Dia, another well loved character from the Guardian series.
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Other books in the series:
- Full Moon Rising
- Kissing Sin
- Tempting Evil
- Dangerous Games
- Embraced by Darkness
- The Darkest Kiss
- Deadly Desire
- Bound To Shadows
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