Mar 07, 10
Read from February 20 to 21, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 1
First, before I start, I feel I should explain my three star rating. I did enjoy this book, to the point where at key moments I dropped it while I clapped in celebration and that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to give it a four stars, but there were times were I felt the novel lost it's pacing a little and I had to go back and re-read a page to understand which direction it was heading in.
Plus in the back of my head I couldn't help but compare it to the first Night Huntress novel (4/5). Which many may think is unfair. But I feel that they are both on the same level as they are both introductory novels to the Night Huntress world - hence my three star rating here.
Does it mean I enjoyed it any less? Hell no, I enjoyed it thoroughly!
And secondly? Sorry Bones, but Spade is serious competition! I think you need to watch your back. I think chapter 32 has some competition in the form of a very fluster inducing shower scene...
*ahem* what was I doing? Oh, on to the review...
So, Cat's best friend Denise has shunned the world of the supernatural and removed herself from any reminders of it's existence in the wake of the death of her husband. Despite her efforts it seems that Denise cannot escape the pull of the underworld. Past actions of a distant relative have come around to haunt Denise and with the life of her family at stake she has no hope but to turn back to the very people she swore she'd never turn to again.
Not wanting to involve her best friend, half vampire Cat and her undead lover Bones, she turns to Spade. A dark and mysterious master vampire.
Without spoiling the book for those who are looking to read soon, I won't go too far into details. I was surprised at the direction Frost took in bringing back certain characters and felt that they would overwhelm the main characters, Spade and Denise, but Frost did an excellent job in keeping them as supporting characters and allowing their introduction to support the movement of the plot line.
This is a great introduction to the Night Huntress series and would recommend this to any fans of the Night Huntress series. Do you need to read the other books? No. Will you understand many of the character relationships? A little, if I hadn't read the other four books I would have sat there wondering who these characters were and what their relationship is to Denise & Spade. Frost does give an inkling to their history, enough to allow the story line to make sense. But if you find that you're far too curious for your own good (like me) then it might be worth investing in the previous books - but honestly it's not really necessary.
I'm looking forward to Frost's next spin off from the Night Huntress world, focusing on uber master vamp Mencheres, which is due out this summer!