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  • Mass Market Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416511954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416511953
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,541,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Blue's Bound in Darkness medieval vampire series also includes My Demon's Kiss and The Devil's Knight, both available from Pocket Books. She holds an M. A. degree in English literature, and is addicted to chocolate, red meat, Jack Daniel's whiskey, driving too fast for conditions, and the Internet. She lives in a small town in South Carolina. Visit her website at www.mslucyblue.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on 30 May 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tristan DuMaine is weary of the fighting. He has a young daughter named Clare and his greatest concern is to finish his castle so he can be assured of her safety. But what Tristan wants and what Tristan gets are two different things. He knows his enemy is waiting in the woods outside his gate what he doesn't know is he's going to have to fight a foe he never planned on encountering.

Siobhan has a reason to hate the Norman menace and when she has a chance to finally get a bit of revenge with her brother at her side. Together their band captures DuMaine Castle and the lord of the manor Tristan. Forcing him to wed Siobhan is only part of their plan...but will she be able to do what they've planned all along which is to kill Tristan or will love get in the way?

Readers may have a problem with the less then heroine like behavior of Siobhan. I admit to having a difficult time liking her and had a hard time understanding where Tristan found the attraction. Still this is a different kind of read so it entertained from that stand point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. B. on 26 May 2007
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Tristan is determined to look after the peasant population of the lands and castle given to him following years in battle alongside the king. Intent on rebuilding the castle's defences, and looking after his young daughter, a rebel attack takes him by surprise - and he finds himself being forced into wedlock.

Siobhan's plan is simple: she will marry Tristan, who will 'unexpectedly' die a few days later, leaving her to inherit 'his' lands - lands that she and her brother should have held since birth.

And yet... once Tristan's bloodied body is carried away from the castle, she's overcome with grief. Worse, she finds herself caring for his daughter. Worse yet, she finds herself dreaming of his return - dreaming so hard, it could almost be true...

But there are more important things at stake - her brother's misjudged faith in his advisors, for one. For another, there is the strange sickness that's spreading across the land, draining its victims of their blood before they die...

This story was a strange marriage, in more ways that one. Historical in context and writing style, it combined the vampire and fantasy elements in a good and surprisingly concrete way. Despite this, the characters themselves - as noted in the other review - were rather unlikeable. Siobhan, for simply being unpleasant (no matter her reasons), Tristan for being stereotypically 'knight-ish' and subsequently less credible than he might have been. Their relationship felt rather forced, while the daughter contributed little to the storyline except to prove their 'underlying' good natures when circumstances said otherwise.

The writing itself was not bad and the story did flow quite well. I'd recommend reading this through the library, or if you can pick it up as a bargain.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Difficult heroine 27 Mar. 2006
By M. O'Rourke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The heroine, Shiobhan, is a difficult person to like. In the beginning of the book, she has the tunnel vision of a fanatic believing that whatever she and her so called "rebels" do against any Norman or any person working for a Norman, whether murder of innocents, terror or destroying property, is justifiable for the wrong done to her and her family when she was a child. She glories in her reputation as a person who gives no quarter and loves to show herself to others as a heartless brigand not to be confused with a soft woman. She even threatens to cut the throat of Tristan's 5 year old daughter to get Tristan to surrender and lay down his arms. Since his heart is bigger than hers, Tristan gives up all to save his child. Although she abhors Tristan for killing members of her band and wants him dead, she apparently sees no problem when the killing is carried out by her renegades against Tristan's holding. It appears that she thinks he has no right to defend himself.

Once she and her brother have taken the castle, they force Tristan to wed her and then plan to kill him. As his widow, Shiobhan will have legal control of the holding. Not only do they send Tristan out to die, they beat him to a pulp before they do it and she feels no remorse. They put him on horseback with two of her men and take him away to kill him. Unfortunately for them, Simon, the vampire hero from the first book in the series, kills them and then seeks to kill Tristan to put him out of his pain. Tristan bites Simon and becomes a vampire himself.

Between Tristan and Shiobhan there is an unwilling attraction. Tristan typically gives into the attraction and doesn't hurt her, but she doesn't have the same inclination. If she has to kill Tristan to keep him from taking vengence against her brother, she'll do it, even if she now thinks she loves him. We're supposed to feel bad for her because she cries as she is stabbing Tristan through the back with a magical dagger that keeps him from healing immediately. She then tries to behead him. This after she's been in his arms in a passionate encounter. She cried when he was sent away to his death and she cries everytime she tries to kill him. She keeps professing to love him, has sex with him, but is still intent on killing him in order to keep her brother safe.

I presume we're supposed to admire Shiobhan because she does what she has to do no matter the emotional anguish the action causes her, but I do not. Everytime Tristan sees her cry he feels bad for her and wants to soothe her. It doesn't make sense that he would continue to want her when she keeps making serious attempts to kill him.

All in all, I cared about the hero but could find no redeeming value in the heroine.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good sequel to "My Demon's Kiss". Heroine was a bit annoying, but the hero was good enough to make up for it. 7 July 2006
By Alyce In Wonderland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A hero to die for: Tristan DuMaine is a man who loves his little girl above all things. So much so, that he gives up his army, his castle, and his life to save her. Now that he is prisoner to his rebel enemies, Tristan will be forced to wed one of them, putting everything he owns in her hands. After the wedding, he will be slaughtered. His last living words are a plea to his reluctant wife, Siobhan, "My child...my Claire. Promise me. Swear she will be safe." Siobhan swears to protect the child with her own life.

Beaten to near death, Tristan is dumped on the side of a trail. Just as his captors are about to leave him, a wolf attacks them from the forest. While slaughtering both villains, the wolf transforms into a man... a vampire named Simon. (Hero of the prequel to this book, "My Demon's Kiss.") Seeing that Tristan is suffering, Simon decides to take his blood in a mercy kill. While Simon is draining the last of his blood, Tristan vows to go down fighting. He bites Simon back. Taking Simon's blood, Tristan has unknowingly made himself a vampire.

Now that he knows he can't be killed, Tristan is bent upon revenge. He will return to take back his castle and his daughter. He will happily kill both Siobhan and her brother in retaliation for their brutal murdering of his knights and himself. Simon tries to stop him, realizing that Tristan has no idea what kind of creature he has become. But Tristan will not wait. Over the next several days, he will learn what his limitations are the hard way... he must avoid sunlight, and cannot eat food, worst of all he must feed on blood for survival. To Tristan, it is all worthwhile if he can claim his revenge.

When he returns to the castle, Tristan is eager to attack Siobhan. However, when he drinks her blood, he can feel her thoughts and emotions. He realizes that she has been mourning him. He can't kill her. He is enraptured by her.

Siobhan is torn. She must protect her brother from Tristan, but she can't bring herself to kill him. After learning what he is, Siobhan understands what she she must do to destroy him... a wooden stake through his hear and removal of his head. However it is well known that Tristan is a cousin to the king. When Tristan returns to the castle with his royal army, Siobhan must pose as his lady to keep her people safe.

The evil father of all vampires, Lucien Kivar, is eager to use the power in Tristan's land to prolong his own damned existence. The castle is built upon ancient Druid ruins. The skeletons of the the dead buried in the catacombs below. Setting a trap to capture the one person who can bring him power over the world, Kivar will use Siobhan to lure his prize. Tristan and Simon must work together to stop him. When Kivar stabs Siobhan through the stomach, Tristan knows there is only one way to keep her from dying.

An overall terrific and exciting story. My one gripe is with Siobhan's character. It got old watching her betray Tristan again and again. Even trying to kill him several times! I get that she wanted to protect her brother, but seeing how short her brother's loyalty was towards her made it hard to continue to justify that. Despite her continued treachery, Tristan forgives her every time. He evens offers her comfort because she is crying as she is trying to cut off his head! There is such a thing as too much forgiveness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Painfull to Read! 22 Jun. 2006
By Reader Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a fan of Ms. Blue's, I believe that she is a very talented writer and while this book is well written I did not like the heroine at all. This is the second book in her Bound in Darkness series, the characters and storyline of the first one, My Demon's Kiss is much better. If you haven't read it you will need to. In Devil's Knight the main characters are Tristan DuMaine, a Norman earl, cousin to the King and a knight just trying to do his job by building a castle on the borderlands to try and maintain the peace. Unfortunately, peace is illusive for him. The land and people he claims once belonged to the Lebuins. Only Siobhan Lebuin, the heroine and her brother remain and they are sworn to destroy DuMaine at all cost, because the Normans are responsible for the deaths of their parents. DuMaine of course had nothing to do with that he arrived years after the fact. Nonetheless, both brother and sister irrationally ignore this fact and that DuMaine is not cruel to his people and still they hate DuMaine and instigate rebellion among his people. After brother and sister use treachery to overtake the castle, DuMaine is forced into marriage with Siobhan. This is done so she could lay claim to the land. DuMaine is then beaten near death and taken out to the forest to be killed. He cheats death because he is accidentally rescued by a vampire, Simon from A Demon's Kiss, and turned into one. Then he wants vengence.

Siobhan is a troubled soul who never grew up from or got over her tragic past. Having to watch her father beheaded and her mother raped and killed by Normans. She hates them all. She is in serious need of counselling. But she feels attraction towards DuMaine and eventually love. She cries for him each and everytime she tried to kill him or have him killed. She mourned his death each time. Yet this does not stop her from repeatedly trying to kill this man, all for the love of her brother. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. I had a really hard time reading this book, because the heroine was not at all likeable. Even given her past it was difficult to be sympathetic towards her when she was more concerned with her brother than her husband. A brother who constantly used her as a pawn and a man that treated her with nothing but love and respect. She choose the brother everytime.

The only thing that saved this story was the continuation of the characters and villian in the first book into the fabric of this story line. Hopefully, the next installment in the series will return to the excellence of the first.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good 29 Feb. 2008
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
the stars are really for Tristen. Great, sexy leading man. The herione was a brat and a half. When are writers going to learn that likable leading characters are a must.
The Devil's Knight 31 July 2008
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sean Lebuin and his sister Siobhan take over Castle DuMaine from Tristan DuMaine. Tristan anticipates death after being captured but is shocked and furious to discover that he is to be wed to Siobhan instead. Sean seeks an alliance with Tristan's cousin, King Henry through Tristan's marriage to Siobhan. Tristan and Siobhan make their wedding vows, each promising to kill the other, but something more than hatred lies between these two sworn enemies.

Tristan is taken far away but before he can be killed he is changed into a vampire. Rather than fear his transformation, Tristan relishes his new found power and he intends to use it to seek his revenge. Along his journey back to DuMaine Castle, he meets Simon and Orlando. They are vampires who wish to destroy an evil vampire named Lucan Kivar. Tristan scoffs at their plight and refuses to help them locate the chalice that can supposedly destroy Kivar and make both himself and Simon mortal again.

Tristan is consumed by his need for vengeance, until he meets his beautiful wife again. Then the battle begins against themselves and their enemy to save their lives and their love.

The story in The Devil's Knight unfolds like scenes in a movie. Tristan and Siobhan are tortured lovers trying desperately to make sense of their predicament, while their passions and fears nearly overwhelm them. From his physical appearance to his commanding personality, Tristan is magnificent. Siobhan is a beautiful warrior. She holds her own throughout her plight with authority and dignity. The Devil's Knight weaves a tale of horror, sensuality and consuming love. It captivates with a riveting plot and fascinating characters. I anxiously look forward the next Bound In Darkness book where the saga will continue!

Nannette
reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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