Book Review: Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper (Urban Fantasy)
Title: Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) Author: Helen Harper Publisher:Self-Published Publication Date: 3 September 2020 Pages: 233 Format: eBook - EPUB Genre: Urban Fantasy Source: ARC via NetGalley
A werewolf killer. A paranormal murder. How many times can Emma Bellamy cheat death?
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.
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.
It's been a while since I read any Urban Fantasy, and Brimstone Bound was a great re-introduction to the genre. Harper handled the world building aspects well; I always had enough information when I needed it, to understand how the fantasy elements functioned. Emma Bellamy is a great UF heroine--gutsy yet relatable--and I enjoyed followed her story as she plunged into the world of supernatural investigation. Lukas is a perfect counter for her, and I am keen to see how that relationship will develop during future books. All up, this was a fun and imaginative read that ticked all the UF trope boxes while still feeling fresh and original, and I would certainly be keen to read future installments in the series. A solid 4.5-star rating from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.