Author: Holly Evans
Title: Ink Bound
Series: Ink Born 3
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a noose tightening around my neck.
Fein is pushing me further into the criminal underground with each passing day. I’m supposed to be helping free slaves. It’s a noble cause, but every step I take is one step further from tattoo magician and one step closer to something else. Something darker.
The ink network is playing games I want no part of, and there’s a bounty out for the ink magician.
I never wanted to a hero, but I fear I have no choice.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dacian's fight against the forces of evil on behalf of Fein is continuing to get more and more dangerous. All he wants is to tattoo, but instead he's learning to fight with his fists and with his magic. Yet, even as he gets stronger the enemy does too and everything he and Fein are working towards might just fail in the end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the magic in this series is amazing. The intricacy of Dacian's ink magic and his connection to the ink network only grew more complex in this book. Plus, we were introduced to someone with connection to the blood magic network, which expanded just how intricate all the magic in this world really is.
Unfortunately, Dacian's emotions were all over the place in this book. Some of it was purposeful, like when he was confronted with his ex while trying to build his relationship with his current boyfriend, but most of it felt totally out of control. His emotions are up, and down, and everywhere in between constantly in this book, which greatly hurt his overall characterization. So much focus is spent on his emotions that details on the battle he happens to be fighting at that moment--be it a physical or mental one--get completely lost. There was one moment where Dacian's literally in a hand-to-hand combat situation and he's so lost in his emotional state that when Evans returns to the actual fight it's written that the bad guy's "blade caught my eye" and I'm literally going 'why isn't he screaming in pain since his eye just got cut out?', only to realize it was an expression rather than an action. Basically what this all boils down to is Evans needed another round of serious content editing before this story was published.
I would recommend this series just based on the intricacy of the magic systems, but I have to say the overall plot held my interest too. I did have some issues with how the emotional state of the main character was written.
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