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Hemlock by Jesse Teller
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it was amazing
bookshelves: perilisc, favorites

The Manhunters must deal with an ever-increasing army of vampires, in a fantasy setting where most people do not believe vampires are real. Rayph Ivoryfist turns to pirates, poisoners, and even direct enemies for help to stand against this vampiric plague. In this book, we see some extreme moments of what Rayph and his crew will do when pushed past the limits of their abilities.

We are also introduced to a character near and dear to my heart, Aaron the Marked. He's in the midst of a different purpose, when circumstance sideswipes him and brings him across Rayph's path. Aaron's fiery personality steals the show in this book, but his presence harmonizes with Rayph's story. The two go through parallel personal crises, and the results are haunting and humbling.

Hemlock has a different tone than the first book of this trilogy. While Song is packed with sleight of hand and clever strategy, Hemlock is more about facing impossible odds and forcing oneself to keep trying, to keep fighting.

It's an emotional read. Rayph has to examine the ugliest parts of his ego and find a way to keep fighting the good fight. Aaron has to attempt escaping captivity and rely on a lethal ex-lover to find his way.

Vampires, pirates, and poisons. Death, love, and slavery. If you're a fan of action-packed dark fantasy, you can't go wrong here.

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Reading Progress

January 28, 2018 – Started Reading
February 2, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 12, 2018 – Shelved
February 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 12, 2018 – Shelved as: perilisc
March 5, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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