Review: Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera

Cover for Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera

Title: Binding Shadows

Author: Jasmine Silvera

Series: Tooth & Spell #1

Pages: 346

5 out of 5 stars
5 stars – I loved it!

I have had this book on my TBR for a while now and I want to kick myself for waiting so long to read it. I stayed up till 2 am reading this book because I didn’t want to put it down. This was an absolutely fascinating world filled with fascinating characters. I do still have questions about what is going on in this world. This is apparently a prequel series to the Grace Blood trilogy and so I assume those questions are probably answered in that series, which I will definitely be reading after this. 

This is a heavily regulated world that is divided into eight territories, each ruled by a different necromancer. The humans fear anything supernatural and those who do have abilities have to hide them. Barbara and Tobias both have supernatural abilities that they have kept secret. Barbara has a talent, which she calls “grace”, for finding lost books but her abilities start to grow and expand, as you will see in this book. I found her abilities fascinating and really loved how she utilized them during her job.  Tobias is from a family of werewolves but he doesn’t accept his wolf side and struggles with what he is. Tobias was a sweet man who never recovered from finding out he was a wolf, but Barbara helps with that. 

“She may not wear a crown, but he would make her his queen if she let him.”

This book starts a little slow but I was still hooked from the very beginning. Barbara and Tobias’s relationship is a wonderful slow burning that was so sweet and passionate.  I especially loved how Tobias fell hard for Barbara. Also, I liked how Silvera handled the power imbalance between Tobias and Barbara since she was acting as his research assistant and had been harassed by another professor. Their relationship was just a wonderful pairing of two people finding love and acceptance in each other’s arms. 

The book of spells ended up being a very fascinating enemy. I enjoyed seeing Barbara and Tobias work together with his family to stop this evil. I also just really love the Vogal family and can’t wait to see the other brothers fall in love. Overall, this was such a surprisingly wonderful romance and I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the series.  

Trigger warnings: death of parents referenced; on page death of a friend; sexual harassment from a supervising professor (not the hero)

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