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.
Seriously, Moon Sworn was freaking fabulous and I can’t believe we won’t be returning to Riley’s world any time soon. Yes, I know we have Risa’s book coming out soon, but it won’t be Riley. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been assured that we will see Riley in the Dark Magic series, but I’m still going to miss her.
So yes, I am a huge fan of Keri Arthur, but that’s because her stories are always entertaining and are not clichéd in any way. Okay, so maybe that sounds kind of weird, at least it does in my head, but even though this was Riley’s last, it wasn’t as traumatizing as some of her previous ones. HOWEVER, Riley is threw a huge curve ball that makes this new case more emotionally rougher than anything else. I love how Arthur made sure that Riley went out with a bang without making her life even more miserable than it has been.
That’s another thing I thought was great. Riley has been through so much, especially in Bound to Shadows, that it would have to be hard for anyone to move on from those type of experiences. Yet, by the end of Moon Sworn, Riley is…yeah, I’m not going to finish that thought. Let’s just say that Riley doesn’t get the life she wants, but she’s not going to be unhappy with it either. I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but yeah, if you’re like me, you’ll like what she gets dealt with.
Even though Moon Sworn is the end, I have a lot of hope that this isn’t the last that we’ll see of Riley. During my interview with Keri, she does mention that Riley (along with Liander, Rhoan and Quinn) will show up in the first book in Risa’s series (the spin-off). Granted, it might not be a lot, but while a lot of things are tied up in Moon Sworn, I see a few things that could easily be expanded on later with novellas or short stories in anthology collections. I don’t know if we’ll see anything, but there’s definitely some things left behind that may show up later. If anything, we’ll definitely see some things with Risa – we’ll have to (hopefully).
Throughout the whole series, Riley’s wolf pack has always been a thorn in her side and we finally get to see Riley, and Rhoan, fight back. Blake really oversteps the line this time and all I am going to say is I so love Riley and Rhoan’s reaction. They’ve dealt with Blake before, and I thought they made a very good point in not messing with them, but hey, fools never learn.
Really, Moon Sworn was simply an amazing read that did manage to answer all of the questions I had, as well as leaving me with all sorts of ideas on how Riley and her family live at the end. I don’t want to say too much, because I so could, but seriously, anyone who is a fan of Riley and Keri Arthur are going to love Moon Sworn. So don’t wait, go out and buy it today.
Simple warning…there may be spoilers in the comments. There were things I would love to discuss, but I dislike revealing anything in my reviews. However, if someone brings it up, I’ll jump in for sure. You have been warned. *grin*
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