Full disclosure: I didn't read the first book in this series and I probably should have to get a more detailed experience.
In saying that, I could follow and the author did a good job of giving reminders and prompts on who was who and what was important.
Bound by Magic centers on Sunaya who is half shifter and half mage. Her heritage brings baggage - serious baggage. She is an outsider to both sides of her lineage; an object of suspicion.
The apprentice to the Chief Mage and an enforcer (a type of police-officer-come-bounty-hunter), Naya is as tough as nails, but having difficulty balancing both of her dual roles.
An outstanding case from the past, shifters going missing, and dubious practices come to light, Naya finds herself in the midst of a mystery where the two sides of her nature may, in fact, be a boon and not a bane.
Fast paced and action packed, Walt has built an interesting world that is not too dissimilar to the one we are in, but different enough to be intriguing.
It's a little bit steam-punk, a little bit paranormal, and human enough to keep you turning pages.