by Annette Marie
WITH THE SCANDAL of the Sahar Stone behind her and her innocence proven, Piper has never been more terrified. For unknowingly, she used the power of the Sahar Stone – the only person to have done so in over 500 years. This news rocks the daemon world and Piper finds herself the target of her worst nightmare in Bind the Soul (Steel and Stone 2) by Annette Marie.
Samael, head warlord of the Underworld, kidnaps Piper. His light cruelty brings an emotional denseness to this story. He breaks her physically and mentally until the only emotions left in Piper are fear and desperation. I love her character even more because despite her own precarious situation, she never looses sight of her own motives – she’s really biding her time to escape and search for a certain draconian.
Ash is missing. Wherever he is, he’s in trouble. And regardless of how he may have betrayed Piper, he’s also the one person who almost died saving her. Now she must save him, or die trying. But with every step closer to finding Ash, she unravels the truth behind his mysterious and misunderstood exterior. The walls she resurrected around her heart crumbles piece by piece, as she slips further and further into his dangerous world – a world she may never be able to return from.
Bind the Soul is an action-packed and emotional-charged sequel with a bittersweet ending. Yes, the bad guys were barely held at bay; but it didn’t quite feel like a victory for the good guys either…not where the heart is concerned, anyways. The story ends on a surprisingly sweet and sentimental promise no doubt to be fulfilled in Yield the Night (Steel and Stone 3). I’m looking forward to it.