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Bind the Soul (Steel & Stone Book 2) by [Marie, Annette]
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The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don't get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule—big time.

After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she's ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.

There's just one problem: Ash is missing.

Really, she shouldn't risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he's in trouble, and if she doesn't save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash's world—a world with no escape for either of them.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993910238
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  • Publisher: Annette Marie (9 January 2015)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Bind the Soul by Annette Marie

Wow! I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! Bind the Soul lured me into an emotional roller-coaster ride until the end, leaving me thirsting for Book 3. I was fully immersed in Piper’s world. I laughed, I cried, I quivered in fear, I screamed in anger and stamped my foot in frustration.

Ms Marie is an outstanding writer – she brings the characters to life - they are so complex and real. I loved them all – Piper is so determined and loyal, yet vulnerable. And Ash, he is such a strong, brave yet tortured soul. I especially love Lyre and Miysis, who add depth and humour to the story. Samael is the epitome of a villain –he certainly scared me! And I hope to see more of Raum and Seiya in the next instalment.

I adored this book just as much as the first (Chase the Dark) though this book is more dark and intense.

Some of my favourite quotes:

“Whatever he wants to know, he will learn. That is the reality. There will be no rescue. There is no escape. You belong to Samael now.”
She swallowed, her mouth dry as dust. “I don’t want to die.”
His expression didn’t soften. “Death is easy. Living is difficult.” He rose to his feet. ‘Come.”
“I – I’m not ready.”

His presence filled the room. His attention commanded obedience. She could barely breathe while he analysed her.

Terror tightened around her chest like steel bands. As his gaze settled on her, it cut through her, slicing like the sharpest blade, tearing away her skin to leave her soul naked to his merciless regard.

If you enjoy a beautifully written, paranormal story packed with action, romance, suspense and a few plot twists, then this book is for you!

Thank you so much Ms Marie for another amazing read. I cannot wait for next book!
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Amazing series I loved it the whole way through. I'm excited for the new book to get the next stage in the life of piper. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone but before reading make sure your fridge is stocked with ice cream for the heart aching ending that leaves you demanding more.
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A great well written story with fantastic characters. Have already bought next book in series. Can't wait. Highly recommended series.
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By jim&Linda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 December 2015
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Continuing saga still gripping
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could it be? The second book is just as good if not better than the first one? Why, yes it is. 4 January 2015
By Lucy @ Rain & Cupcakes book blog - Published on
This is an eARC review.

It has been five weeks since anyone last saw or heard from Ash, even though rumors have suggested Ash returned to the Underworld on his own free will. Piper couldn't believe Ash would leave without even saying goodbye, not after what they've been through. Piper's determination on finding Ash then expose Samual's execrable way of controlling the dragonians. In spite of the danger, Piper is adamant to find out what happened to Ash and how she can set him free.

I thought Bind the Soul was a great addition and follow-up to the series. Piper's existence is unique and it would be interesting to see what it could mean now that it is revealed. While we still don't know much about her magic, I do look forward to read and learn more about her magic when they do unsealed.

I love Piper and Ash's relationship, they shared a special bond that grows deeper through series of trials. I had so much fun to read how they interacts with each other. I especially like this particular scene in Bind the Soul, where Ashe have completely shaded and his natural instinct took over. I am quite curious to learn what this peculiar behavior means.

Piper feels conflicted as her feelings for Ash grows deeper. For her dream to become a Consul, she cannot have any personal feeling for the demons. Before her journey with Ash and Lyre, Piper only sees the world in black and white. But after spending times with Ash and Lyre, she realized the world isn't so black and white anymore. I look forward to see if she will overcome her belief, and what will it means when she does.

With just a hint of possible romance, Bind the Soul is full of actions and thrilling adventures. While some may not be pleasant for Piper, I thoroughly enjoyed reading each daunting task Piper had to subdue, and the positive outcome they brings.

If you enjoy fast-paced, adventurous Urban Fantasy novel, you wouldn't want to miss this series! I look forward to read Book 3. You can now pre-order Yield The Night on Amazon!

Happy Reading!! XO
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly engaging read, even more satisfying than book one 14 March 2015
By ACP - Published on
Even better than the first! And that’s saying a lot because I really loved the first book. Like the first installment, it is well written, the plot is engaging and fast moving, and the characters continue to develop, further enveloping me in their unique worlds. I just love Piper. She’s quick thinking and she stands on her own two feet among the physically and magically superior daemons. Yes, she needs help at times, but I find that refreshing. The characters have limited strength and power and at times they must rely on others to survive. Despite what other reviewers think, all-powerful characters are boring and a cop out and, to my delight, the author doesn’t go there. And though I have much love for Piper, I still have plenty to spare for Ash. I really got to know Ash in this book and I absolutely adore him and simply couldn’t get enough of him! The relationship between Ash and Piper deepened in a very satisfying way and I’m practically salivating for more! The author can definitely do steamy scenes!

There isn’t nearly as much Lyre in this book, which didn’t bother me, but may disappoint some readers who took a strong liking to him in book one. Conflict is piled on even higher in this installment, making for an even more exciting – and darker – story. Readers who prefer lighter fare may find the heavy conflict loaded on the main characters off putting. There are torture scenes, but they are brief. I thought Piper’s reaction to torture was realistic (she starting cracking under the weight of it), but I was a bit skeptical of how quickly Ash moved on from it, especially since he was subjected to it for weeks. But I suppose he didn’t have the luxury of time to let it all sink in – they weren’t safe yet. There were moments of coincidental convenience that helped the main characters out of sticky situations, but I found myself easily willing to suspend my disbelief. The story is THAT engaging.

A final warning to those considering investing their time in this series – the romance is secondary to the plot. Some fans of the paranormal genre are all about the romance. If you are one of those readers, you may be disappointed. I was not. I love romance in my stories, but I rarely enjoy romance novels. This series has my kind of romance – a slow-burning romance born of conflict that grows as the characters fight together and learn to trust one another in order to survive. The romance between Ash and Piper is passionate and physical (kudos to the writer for showing, not telling!) and I could literally feel their need for one another, but they aren’t stupid enough to forget their circumstances. The plot moves too fast for that!

This series continues to get stronger. The plot, the characters, and the worlds are all strongly built, engaging, and unique in their own ways. I am thoroughly invested and recommend this series to lovers of the genre. I can’t wait for book three!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and gripping read 4 January 2015
By serendipity5 - Published on
I received an ARC direct from the author in exchange for an honest review. Can I just say before I get carried away with telling you all how absolutely wonderful this book is, that I have no connection whatsoever to the author, I am just a fan who absolutely loved her first book in the Steel and Stone series, Chase the Dark and got lucky enough to receive this through following Anette Marie's website.

I must stress this is the second in a series and should be read in order, you would be lost without the first. Don't let that upset you though as Chase the Dark is an absolute treat, but my review could include spoilers for that.

We left off at the end of Chase the Dark with Piper and Lyre back at the Consulate, officially redeemed from all crimes concerning the Sahar stone, a powerful daemon lodestone, and in a somewhat difficult position with her family. The Sahar stone itself has been lost to Samael and Ash has disappeared without a trace, probably back in the Underworld. The first half of this book centres around Piper's quest to find and rescue Ash, and I have to say I read the first 50% in a single sitting until about 2 in the morning! I could not put this book down, the action was totally gripping and moved along at a fast pace. I literally had an increased hart rate for much of this book! Piper's eventual journey into the underworld does not go exactly as planned, but she manages to fight through every situation she finds herself in and I was amazed at how her character is developing, how her views on individuals and groups of people are changing. What was once her world of black and white has become very grey. She has managed to convince herself that she is going after Ash because of a sense of friendship and duty because he saved her life. I really look forward to her realisation that she is fooling herself!!! Ash himself was phenomenal and I have a complete book crush on him. We see the background in this book as to why he acts and is as he is. In fact we get a lot of background into the draconians as a race and I was completely fascinated. Ash remains very complicated, but he is one serious badass daemon with a heart. We get introduced to a few new draconians who were also utterly fascinating and equally complicated. I am very much hoping that we see what happened to Raum, another of Samael's draconians, in the next book.

At the end of Chase the Dark we discovered, along with Piper herself, that she can tap into the Sahar stone's power and a large part of this book centres around the stone itself and indeed we find out a lot about it's history and the reasons why Piper has a connection. This part of the story was completely satisfying and at the same time I am dying to find out more! I am also very curious to learn more about the magic trapped inside of Piper and her actual heritage.

I adore the way that this story is unfolding, the more we learn about the world the more I want to learn. It appears that despite living in a daemon consulate for all of her life, Piper has been very sheltered and I really want to have a face to face with her father! He has a lot to answer for. I also suspect we have not seen the last of her mother. The daemons themselves are as complex as humans and even more fascinating due to their very nature. We see a little more of Lyre's true self and he comes across as a genuine person and a true friend. From certain events during the first book it looked as if there was a possibility of a love triangle. Let me say that there was not a hint of this thank goodness. I personally do not like them, but this author rises well above that and manages every subject gracefully and skillfully.

As I reached the end of this book I kept looking at how far through I was and kept thinking I do not want this to end! I tried to read slower but it was not working, the need to read page after page was in fact a spell all of it's own! The final battle scene was intense and gripping and Piper's final decision was all at once heartbreaking, mature and utterly the 'right' thing to do. You're going to have to read it to find out for yourselves. I cannot recommend this book enough, it is definitely among my top reads of the year. Annette Marie has created this utterly desolate, desperate and raw world where emotions abound and anything seems possible and impossible. Her characters grab you by the heart and won't let go. This book has class in spades, it is completely beautiful. I urge anyone who likes fantasy, urban fantasy, romance (although it's a very slow burn it is romantic in the true sense of the word) and a fantastically told story to read this. I find myself on tenterhooks for the next book, you will too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the first, you'll LOVE this. 18 January 2015
By Carmen R - Published on
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The ONLY thing that isn't even better than the first book is that Ash isn't on literally every page. I'll keep this as spoiler free as possible (and plot free, summaries abound and are not my strong suit).

This book is... I don't even know how to explain it. It sucked me in so completely - I read both this and the previous book in one day - I couldn't get it out of my head. You know books that you have to come up for air from? This is one of those.

Piper, Ash, Lyre, and Zwi are back and as amazing as ever. This book has more action, New characters, and more despicable antagonists than the first (also more Ash /Piper, which I consider to be a very good thing).

One of the strongest points in this book remains (like the first) the authors ability to have tension, drama, action, plot twists, etc without making you give up on, hate, pity, or lose faith in the characters. I have LOTS of deal breakers with books but the biggest one is when you can't root for the characters you love on every page. This is a book (series) where you can, no regrets.

Plus? The author doesn't have a need to unnecessarily kill beloved characters as a plot point (ahem, hedwig, literally every character in game of thrones, etc) and the plot doesn't suffer for it. At no point is the book slow or do you think, "you know what this book needs? More gut wrenching sadness to pull me in" because that's not how she writes- you're sucked in without it.

I don't write book reviews and I don't gush but I legitimately loved this book. And I'm a decade too old for YA. I will definitely keep reading Annette Marie's books, and I already preordered the third book (these are the first books I've read with kindle unlimited that I've bought because I know I'll keep rereading them).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Men, Uncontrollable Magic, and a Journey to the Underworld 10 January 2015
By Vanessa D. - Published on
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An eARC review

After wasting away in my bed for a night or two with Chase the Dark, I was questioning whether Annette Marie would make next book in the series have the same effect on me. The answer to that question is YES!!!!!! Yet again, I turned into a pathetic pile of blankets and strewn limbs in my bed as I absorbed this book in one day and night. Now let me explain why:

The Story:
The story picks up where we left off in the first book: After barely surviving a Choronzon attack, Ash disappears and leaves to go back to the Underworld without a word to Piper or Lyre. Now, Piper and Lyre are on a mission to find out why. They both work to dig up Ash’s secrets via the help of a little magic and some connections that were established in the first book. But with Piper’s supposed “secret” about her use of the Sahar getting around, Piper has a much bigger problem avoiding kidnappers than finding Ash. I won’t spoil the rest of the book for you but Piper does figure out why Ash left and she is determined to have him back!

New Characters:
In this book, we are introduced to a few more main characters, some of which were shortly mentioned in the first book.

Samael: As the horrible villain that everyone loves to hate, Samael is the epitome of evil. Willing to go to whatever lengths to get the Sahar, Piper is caught in the middle of it all. I love that the author did not make the evil guy devilishly handsome or some crap like that. The fact that he is pretty unremarkable makes him all the more creepy to visualize.

Raum: A Draconian under Samael, Raum is a yummy addition to the story. He is by no means a good guy, but damn does he have me frantically fanning my face! Even though he works under Samael, he has moments with Piper that show a different side of him. I really hope that the author gives him a good ending or that we see more about him in the next book.

Miysis: The heir to the Ra throne and the rightful owner of the Sahar, we see him a lot more in this book. From the last book, we already know he is a truth-seeker but he takes a bigger role in the retrieval of the Sahar in this book. Miysis was also on my gorgeous guy radar, but the author did a great job of making sure that Miysis and Piper didn’t connect 100%. Nobody likes a love octagon (more than 3 guys is pushing it), so it looks like Miysis will just stay as a connection for now.

I absolutely love this series and am very shocked that the author has not published anything prior to these books. The writing style is spot on and the editing and grammar are perfect. I am very much looking forward to the next book but in the meantime, I will try to find a sufficient enough book on Amazon to hold me over until then (yeah right).