Not only is it a blood moon, but there’s a rare celestial alignment that means the veils between the worlds are much more fragile than usual. That allows chaos to reign over the city for one night. Shades play pranks on tourists, redcaps take advantage and run wild, and two sinfully sexy hellhounds slip through.
The redcaps are easily wrangled, the shades are mildly amusing, but the hellhounds are another thing entirely. They evade capture and remain in the city once the moon sets. Two hounds, with two entirely different agendas. One wants freedom. The other wants to bring about Hell on Earth. And he has help.
Holly Evans is definitely a fantastic story-teller. Infernal Bonds is packed with action from cover to cover and takes you for a ride. I feel somewhat conflicted with this review, though, because there were elements that threw me off or took me out of the story for a moment. The book’s editing was well-done in the beginning, but felt a little less tight between the middle and the end. However the plot was captivating and made me want to keep reading.
It was very clear to me that Evans is a master with descriptions and bringing the story to life. I was able to vividly see the images she created in my mind and understand the various characters, for the most part. The characters themselves each had distinct personalities and behaviors which made them fun, believable, and they added their own parts to the plot.
The story flows from one thing to the next in a way that you want to know what’s going on and how it will end. You’re disappointed when the protagonists fail and you’re happy for them when they win. At least I was. The key elements of the story remained consistent and proved to each have their own purposes to lead to the end. Overall, I would say it was a great story with a lot of excitement.
There were a few things that I, personally, didn’t like or couldn’t follow. Infernal Bonds is the second book in a series of four. Its plot works well if the book were to be a stand-alone, but there are several references to the previous Infernal Ties that quite frankly, as someone who hadn’t read the first one, were confusing. However, they didn’t drastically take away from the story. Instead I really felt maybe a brief explanation would’ve helped for any readers that had read and needed a recap, or for readers that hadn’t.
Further, I really felt like either it could’ve been broken up into two books, or that the chapters could’ve been a little longer. There was a point about half-way through when I checked back at the table of contents to see how many total chapters there were (partially because I had forgotten from when I’d started). While there is lots of action and the way everything happened in the book made sense to me for the anticipation of the climax, the idea of reading nearly 60 chapters (regardless of their short length) felt like a lot. To me, if the chapters had individually been a little longer meaning less overall chapters, psychologically as the reader it wouldn’t make the book feel as long.
Finally, there were a couple of things that I couldn’t quite understand how they were relevant to the specific plot of Infernal Bonds, such as the abominations. On one token, I could see that the author was trying to hint and set up events for the next book in the series. But, I kept wondering how the abominations would play in to the evil hellhound’s plans to bring Hell on Earth. Even in the final battle I kept looking for them to show up to try and cause some more mayhem. When they ultimately proved to be a seemingly side-plot, I was wondering… Okay, so where was that going?
Aside from these frustrations with the book, I really enjoyed following Evelyn’s adventurous life and story. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy that has no limits in the types of creatures you might encounter, I recommend reading it. I give this book 3.8* overall.
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