Release Date: 6th November 2014
Edition: NetGalley proof, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: Banished
The Blackhart Code: don’t let the monsters grind you down.
A Blackhart can see the supernatural behind everyday crimes. But some crimes hide even greater evils...
Kit Blackhart must investigate why children are disappearing from a London estate. Their parents, the police and Kit’s fae allies claim to know nothing. And as more children disappear, the pressure mounts. Luckily, or unluckily, government trainee Dante Alexander is helping Kit with the case. Yet just as her feelings towards him begin to thaw, his life falls apart. As Kit struggles to unravel Dante’s problems and solve their case, she meets fae Prince Thorn in her dreams – but their relationship is utterly forbidden.
Then Kit digs too deep, uncovering a mystery that’s been hidden for one thousand years. It’s a secret that could just tear down our world.
I thoroughly loved Liz’s debut, Banished, so I had high hopes for Vowed. They were met with bells on!
With Thorn taking up his part in the prophecy and becoming the guardian of the Otherwhere, I was really worried that we wouldn’t see enough of him in Vowed. And though he wasn’t in the novel as much as I would have liked, he didn’t disappear all together. And you know what, it made it all the more tantalising when they did share page time. I loved that Kit was able to get her fix of the Fae Prince through her dreams - when she eventually got some sleep, that is! I’m hoping for a bit more of them together in Judged following the ending of this one, however.
In Thorn’s absence Liz threw in some more complex, not-all-he-seems eye candy in the form of Dante. My opinion of Dante went all over the place. I couldn’t decide if I trusted him and what was just slightly off about him. I ended up really liking him. The way him and Kit interacted was refreshing and, like with Kit and Aiden, I love seeing non-romantic friendships between guys and girls in YA. They rarely happen without a romantic endgame. GO LIZ.
Kit, Dante and Aiden’s quest to uncover the mystery of the missing kids leads them all over London. Seeing my favourite (and hopefully one day home city) makes me incredibly happy. All of the places that are surprisingly familiar and others I can evoke an image of so clearly is just excellent, you know. And getting to explore London with Kit on a motorbike makes it even better. I’d love to join her. In fact, I’d happily do anything with Kit – I want to be her friend, even though it’d probably get me killed or at least seriously hurt. Worth it; she’s awesome. I dragged out reading Vowed for nearly a week so I wouldn’t have to wait goodness knows how long to see her again in Judged.
I was expecting a horrific cliffhanger from this, but thankfully, there wasn’t one. Just a promise of an even more rip-roaring adventure with Kit, Aiden, Dante and Thorn in the next instalment. Can I have it now, please?
Thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the review copy.
Disclaimer: Liz is a friend of mine, but that hasn't determined this review at all. Luckily, she's just a damned good writer!