Singh managed to surprise me again. If I had made a guess before starting this book, I would have said Vasic's story would be intense and dark. It had...moreSingh managed to surprise me again. If I had made a guess before starting this book, I would have said Vasic's story would be intense and dark. It had a few of those moments, mainly when it came to fighting the infected and maddened Psy. The relationship developing between Vasic & Ivy was characterized by a joyous sweetness that was wonderful to read, while still managing to address the deep emotional issues too. (less)
Aryal has a temperamental nature at the best of times. Lately, she's been a lot worse. She knows Que...moreAnother wonderful read in the Elder Races series.
Aryal has a temperamental nature at the best of times. Lately, she's been a lot worse. She knows Quentin is up to no good and is frustrated by the lack of proof. Quentin's finally had enough of the harpy's suspicions, investigations into his activities and snarky comments. Dragos, fed up with rising tensions in his headquarters, send them out on a mission with instructions to work it out or don't come back. They both head out with ulterior motives, but when the investigation turns out to be more dangerous than it first appears, they have to work together.
I love that as they become closer, Aryal and Quentin's personalities don't drastically change. She's still wild and untamed, with a slightly insane side. He still enjoys annoying her. For them it works. It works well. Quentin sums it up nicely,
"She quieted that internal whip that drove him because she became the whip, her soul as sharp as a knife. He could cut himself on her, wrap her in his arms and be her buffer. Heal her from herself, bruise himself on her. Let her heal him. Let her be his buffer. They were so unapologetic, so kinked. He said, 'We're perfect.'"
Every time I read a book in this series, I wonder why it's taken me so long to continue and vow not to wait so long before reading the next one. Hmmm,...moreEvery time I read a book in this series, I wonder why it's taken me so long to continue and vow not to wait so long before reading the next one. Hmmm, 2 years between books 1 and 2, 9 months between books 2 and 3 - as long as I read book 4 before October, I'll be good.
I'll admit, I didn't particularly care for Ashe in book 1. She didn't come across as very sympathetic and was an obstacle in her sister Holly's romance with Alessandro. But then, she does have her reasons. An ill-advised spell attempted as a teenager broke her magic, adversely affected her sister and had tragic personal consequences. For a very long time, she didn't feel she deserved love or other good things in her life. Also, her life as a rogue vampire hunter has hardened her outwardly and makes it difficult for her to trust.
In book 2, Reynard had to make some tough decisions as head of The Castle (supernatural prison realm) guard. His brief interaction with Ashe toward the end of that book has been on both of their minds. We slowly learn about his personal history over the course of this book and I loved the additional information we received about his initiation into the guard.
Ashe and Reynard continually get thrown together in the beginning of the book and working together they begin to realize that all the disparate incidents they've stumbled across are connected in complicated ways. They have to contend with a prison escape, a Collector Demon, a vampire king with dreams of empire building and a lawyer with questionable morals, all while dealing with a stolen soul and a custody battle. One scene with a carnivorous rabbit had me thinking a holy hand grenade might have come in handy. LOL.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The world Ashwood has created is fascinating and there are some interesting secondary characters. I wish this series had been more popular, because it appears the next book is the last. I'll definitely be reading it. I'm interested to see how romance between a hellhound and a vampire works.(less)
Loved the idea of this and all the characters. I just wanted a little bit more from the storyline. I'm definitely interested in reading Casper's story...moreLoved the idea of this and all the characters. I just wanted a little bit more from the storyline. I'm definitely interested in reading Casper's story next.(less)
Poppy and Callihan have both made mistakes in their marriage, but are still deeply in love. The revelations they make to each other (and us the reader...morePoppy and Callihan have both made mistakes in their marriage, but are still deeply in love. The revelations they make to each other (and us the reader) reveal lies & vulnerabilities that need to be exposed before they can move forward in their relationship. Callihan's plotting is fantastic. There are points in this book where I'm not sure how the characters are ever going to get out of the situation they've landed in, yet they manage to pull through.
I'm definitely going to be reading the next book.(less)