Author: Chloe Neill
Published: March 1, 2016
Stars: 5 out of 5
Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.
With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…
In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…
I think it’s a safe bet that if you’ve made it to book 12 in the series, you’re probably into the series. Which of course I am. This is one of my favorite series and I have been waiting a long time for this book to come out. With that said, I should have read book eleven before starting this book. It has been just long enough that some of ‘issues’ leading into this book are a bit fuzzy. But to my delight, the author (as usual) does a decent job of recapping what you really need to know. Still, I probably should have retread the previous book. And I apologize that this review will be different from the normal ones I write. I am a bit bias and am emotionally invested in the series. That makes writing a review a little difficult, but I will try my best
We all love our vampire- Sentinel of Cadogan house- Merit. She is strong, feisty, loyal, amazing with a sward, has high connections, but also has realistic human flaws. In this book, her story really comes full circle for her. Her father is put into harms way which makes her realize she wants to try and have a relationship with him. But more important, she faces the vampire who forced Ethan’s hand and made her into a vampire. Emotions run high and I couldn’t help but love every minute of this.
Ethan is,as usual, a hot alpha male with a strong protective side. His character has really grown through this series and I have loved watching the verbal and sometimes physical matches between him and Merit. In a way, this book wasn’t really focused on Ethan. The story really revolved around Merit but also their relationship.
Ethan and Merits relationship really is perfect. They balance each other out and know exactly what the other person needs, even when they don’t think they need it. They both show vulnerabilities and finally learn to accept they can lean on the other person.
This is one book/series where I definitely don’t want to give too much away. I love this series because it’s unpredictable and the plot twists are bitter sweet with the promise of action, love, death, and sometimes all three. And the end of the book was utterly perfect. This book (series) is one that draws you in and before you know it, the book is over and you feel a little sad because you feel connected with characters.
Yes, there are times when the book gets a little drawn out or slightly repetitive. But overall, the book is a fantastic read and I am going to be so sad to see it end soon. If you haven’t given this series a chance, you need to. The series is full of sassiness, strong heroines, action, human rights issues, friendship, pain, loss, love, and acceptance.