Book Review: Caitlin Kittredge’s Demon Bound

Posted August 28, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Caitlin Kittredge’s Demon Bound

Demon Bound


Caitlin Kittredge

dark fantasy that was published by St. Martin Paperbacks on December 1, 2009 and has 346 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Corsets & Clockwork, Street Magic, Bone Gods, Night Life, Huntress, The Iron Thorn, "The Curse of Four", The Nightmare Garden, The Wild Side: Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge, Devil's Business, Soul Trade, Mirrored Shard, Dark Days, Black and White, Games Creatures Play

Second in the Black London dark, dark fantasy series revolving around Pete Caldecott, former police inspector, and Jack Winter, crow-mage.

My Take

I really enjoy this series in spite of Jack’s drug use…okay, I’m a prig…I love that Pete has forced Jack to kick the heroin habit, and that Jack truly is grateful for her support.

The two of them have such an adversarial relationship, and Kittredge has the jargon down so well — it sounds so real!

In this story, their brief sojourn in the country is quite funny with all the city amenities they moan about missing.

The Story

It seems that Pete and Jack have formed a paranormal investigative agency when we drop in on one of their cases where they have been booked to find out if the will Mummy and Daddy wrote up is the right one.

Seems the kids have been disinherited, and they’re not happy. Which is rather too bad, as the case itself is way below Jack Winter’s standards, and he doesn’t hesitate to let everyone know.

The next case they investigate is much more interesting, since it’s a preview of Jack’s coming death-by-demon.

The Characters

Pete Caldecott first met Jack almost 13 years ago when he was dating her sister, and Jack enticed her to follow him to a crypt to see a bit of magic. A trip that backfired in so very many ways.

Jack Winter is a crow-mage who used to front for the Poor Dead Bastards — almost 13 years ago — before the events in the crypt.

The Cover and Title

The cover demonstrates that whoever designed it didn’t read the book. Some git gave the artist a general description of Jack and whoever the woman is and this is what came up. The title, Demon Bound, is way too accurate, for Jack is indeed about to give it all up to a demon.