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Jeaniene Frost is renowned the world over for her oh-my-god-is-it-hot-in-here scenes, but she can also rock the dark like nobody’s business, and readers were reminded of that fact with a vengeance in BOUND BY FLAMES. Graphic torture anyone? I’m talking flaying, limb amputation, silver poisoning, starvation, and pseudo rape. This installment was originally intended to be the finale of the NIGHT PRINCE series; however after listening to book 3, I can understand why the author decided to axe that plan. A new super villain has risen, Vlad & Leila didn’t get their HEA, and there’s still plenty of story left to tell!
I’ve had a jumbo crush on Tepesh ever since his character debuted as a secondary in Frost’s NIGHT HUNTRESS novels, and it’s steadily grown into an all out obsession with this spin-off series. He could easily be king of the bad guys if it weren’t for Mrs. Dracula which makes him the ultimate antihero. We got to see a more vulnerable side to Vlad in this installment while as Leila was all steel and resolve. The balance of power in their relationship has been markedly one-sided until now, so I loved the role reversal, and as expected, the author didn’t hold back on the ravishing either. *winks*
Maximus drove me nutso in the best kind of way, and I was happy that Leila’s father finally saw reason after his prolonged silent treatment of his daughter. Marty was as primo as always, and my hankering for a Cat & Bones cameo was quenched, although it’s worth pointing out that their part was somewhat spoiler-y if you haven’t read UP FROM THE GRAVE yet. Mencheres also popped in to say hi which made my character driven self very jubilant. You’ll notice that I’m glossing over the plot, and that’s because it puts to bed the main story arc, so I’m not willing to risk accidentally spilling the beans, but it’s DA BOMB!
This was my first time listening to a NIGHT PRINCE audiobook, however I was already acquainted with Tavia Gilbert as a narrator, so I had zero quibbles about her performance going in. Her renditions of both of the protagonists were on par with those that I had inside my head prior to her voice taking them over. I’m a sucker for accents, and her English (Bones), Romanian (Vlad), and New Orleans (Marie) vernacular left me tickled pink. I’m still trying to determine whether it was the narration or the writing that has me dubbing this as my favourite installment, either way, I loved it!
BOUND BY FLAMES will make you break out into a Snoopy happy dance!
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
What a great addition to the series... So good!!! It was satisfying and really packed with events, you won't expect them.
You always get these damn funny points here and there, and there are loads of the characters you love
Narration is great as always.. Great addition to the series.. Wonder whats next.....
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Would you consider the audio edition of Bound by Flames to be better than the print version?
Brilliant and Different but not better - I own both and enjoy both at different times.
What other book might you compare Bound by Flames to, and why?
The Night Prince Series is as brilliant as Night Huntress series (Cat and Bones) I can give it no better praise.If I had to choose another author I would say the Jane Yellowrock Series which I also love beyond reason.
What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?
Her performance is wonderful with a different voice for each character. Whatever they pay her she is worth it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could do but I prefer to spread my pleasure.
Any additional comments?
The characters have been developed further. Leila made stupid decisions as always with drastic consequences. With a new master villain at the end. Loved it, Loved it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was actually introduced to this author through this knight Prince series with Vlad and Leyla. I loved it so much I went off to find out what else she'd written, realised these books sit within the whole other story arc of the knight huntress world with cat and bones and promptly started working my way through that series.
firstly if you too didn't realise these books are stories within a larger story I highly recommend reading the whole series in order. I've seriously enjoyed it.
secondly this is my second read/listen to Vlad and layla's story, because I wanted to listen again knowing the fuller context of the wider story arc, along with all the other characters, and I'm really glad I did. you by no means have to, I loved these books the first time before I realised the bigger story existed, but I'm really glad I have read them again within the bigger story arc because there are little references to things that have happened previously that I now understand this time round, because ' I was there' in a previous book, which, for me, just makes the stories a little richer, but as I said by no means necessary.
the vlad and Leyla story arc is really great and there's a real wicked sense of humour that runs through the V & L storyline that I love, with one secret coming out in this book that literally had me laughing out loud...so funny...
but aside from that this story has yet another really intersting twist on what can happen within the supernatural world that Jeaniene Frost is so good at. never underestimate your enemies. loved it.
This is the third book as it said "Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3"
When the first and second book came out I never thought there would be a third book. While listening to the second book as it came to an end, I was wondering what happen to them. So there was definitely a book 3. (Do your research first before buying a book, you never know if there are more continuous books) Cos it kinda kills the mood after getting into the story. It just sucks after listening to book 1 & 2, I had to wait for months for book 3.
Hands down, this series is great. worth the credits. Anyway, cant wait for book 4!! you can start listening to the first, second and third book. Although, I am not sure what book 4 will be about.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bound by flames doesn't disappoint, Jeaniene Frost is a master in the art of storytelling, this story is spell binding, thrilling and edge of your seat suspense that grips you from beginning to end. Tavia Gilbert as the narrator is magnificent in her portrayal of the main characters and the supporting ones. She makes all the characters comes to life and makes you feel all their emotions. She is breathtaking and I can't say it enough, she enthralls you and captures your imagination. Thank you ladies you both rock xx