Moon Sworn (Riley Jenson #9) by Keri Arthur

Released: May 25, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 416
Publisher: Dell
ISBN-13: 978-0-440-24571-1

Moon Sworn picks up not long after the end of the previous book, Bound to Shadows (which I read but did not write about). Riley is dealing with her grief over Kade’s death and the ramifications of killing her soul mate Kye after he shot Kade. She’s begun to question her role at the Directorate and all of the decisions that have taken her to this point, so he’s definitely not in the best head space when she returns to work, investigating the ritualistic murders of ex-cons. In the midst of this, an old enemy has decided to make his move, to take everything away from Riley, including her lover, her brother and her identity.

Moon Sworn is Riley’s ninth and final adventure. In some ways, I’m glad, since she’s been through so much over the course of the series; I don’t think there aren’t many more places that Keri Arthur could take Riley, at least not in a way that would be consistent with the existing books. (Of course, her imagination is much more fertile than mine so I could be wrong.) And Moon Sworn has all of the best elements of the series – Riley’s sassiness, Quinn, Rhoan, Sal, great fight scenes – and combines it with some lovely resolution for our lovely heroine.

In all seriousness, though, I think there comes a point in every series when everything’s run its course and the characters are in a satisfactory place; after finishing Moon Sworn, I’m glad that Keri Arthur is stopping here. I love where Riley is at the end of this book and think this novel is a fitting end to the series.

This is book 5/6 for my Vampire Series Reading Challenge. Only one more to go!

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