Review – Brimstone Bound

Brimstone Bound book cover


Brimstone Bound


Firebrand #1


Helen Harper


Urban Fantasy


A werewolf killer. A paranormal murder. How many times can Emma Bellamy cheat death?
I’m one placement away from becoming a fully fledged London detective. It’s bad enough that my last assignment before I qualify is with Supernatural Squad. But that’s nothing compared to what happens next.
Brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, I wake up twelve hours later in the morgue – and I’m very much alive. I don’t know how or why it happened. I don’t know who killed me. All I know is that they might try again.
Werewolves are disappearing right, left and centre.
A mysterious vampire seems intent on following me everywhere I go.
And I have to solve my own vicious killing. Preferably before death comes for me again.


4stars rating

Was good. It takes place in the world as we know it… just with some ‘extra’s’ in the form of supes. Vampires, werewolves and Others (pixies, gremlins and such).
We got to know a good chunk of how things are run in the supernatural world and how the Supes Squad fits into it (or well, doesn’t).
Scenes and environments were clear and well detailed.

Character development:

Was good. Emma (or D’Artagnan if you will) was an interesting character who pretty much got thrown to the wolves (no pun intended). The fact that she seems to be a supe of unknown origin is intriguing, even though it felt she kinda rolled with it instead of freaking out even a little but. I mean.. yeah, I would freak out a bit *cough*!
And then we have the even more intriguing Lukas who keeps our detective out of trouble, covering for her and helping her. But why? What do we really know about him? Not much… yet, but I have high hopes for getting to know him better in the next instalment.
There is a good dynamic going between all the factions, I liked it!

Pacing & Flow:

Were good! The story kept my attention (I did read it in one go) and it had a great balance between conversation and all the action. Throw in some curveballs and voila!

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is no sex described (if that is important to you).

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I found it to be a really good and enjoyable read. It has a very interesting plot and what can I say, I just wanted to know more… MORE 😀 Having read the book, that feeling hasn’t simmered down (of course), so here I am, patiently (not) waiting for the next book.
If you’ve come this far in my review.. all I can say is, pick it up and enjoy! 🙂