Release Date: March 26, 2013
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Review Date: April 13, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow World, a society of vampires who feed off the living. In Austin, Texas, one woman must rise from the ashes of tragedy and confront an ancient evil before it destroys everything she holds dear…
After a heartrending night of loss and blood, Miranda Grey-Solomon, vampire Queen of the South, now stands in the ruins of her life determined to pick up the pieces and move on. David, her husband and Prime, is missing and presumed dead, and Miranda is lost without her soul mate by her side…But she has little time to grieve as enemies both old and new emerge to test her yet again.
Between vampires trying to take advantage of a Queen without a Prime, incursions by a mysterious organization of humans calling themselves the Order of the Morningstar, and the continuing threat from those within the Shadow World who have already tried to destroy her, Miranda and her allies are running out of places to turn. In order to save her territory and the ones she loves, Miranda must look to the ancient past, to the first days of the vampire race, and uncover secrets about the Signets that could change the course of history...
The world building is very well done. Gods, Goddesses, Elves, Vampires and Humans! This seems to be the central theme of this installment. There is this theory that the Elves, Vamps and Humans all coexisted but eventually a Human group called Morningstar started to take all non-humans starting with the Elves and now trying to finish off the Vampires. There are new developments regarding Deven and the Elves, which I won't say, but it's completely not unexpected.
There is also history explained as to how the Gods & Goddesses played into the Vampire history. Which leads to a more detailed explanation of Gen 1, 2 and 3 Vampires. We already know that all the Vampires that exist now are 2nd Gen Vampires, David suddenly shows up with a fuzzy memory, extra abilities that he didn't have before as well as seemingly being more dangerous in general. It's pretty interesting how the chain of events unfolds.
In addition to the conflict going on between Prime Hart and everyone, we find out more about Jeremy and who he really was/is and what his purpose is. Everything seemed to click into place for me when Olivia's tie to Jeremy is revealed. It's all so scandalous!
I'm looking forward to the next book. Too bad there's no release date yet! I anticipate more fighting, more Elves, more 3rd Gen Vamps, more Witches and of course, even more relationship drama!
I think this is a fun and easy read. If you haven't hear of this series, do check it out! If you've been reading the series but haven't checked this book out yet, please do, I think you'll be pleased with it.