The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. She has to save her sister from her mysterious captors. And in order to do that, she has to broker a deal between the mages and the vampires before all hell breaks loose.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won't be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about, she's got to save herself from the ghosts of her past. Because the past is haunting her. Literally.
At the end of the last book, Sabina's cruel vampire grandmother had kidnapped her twin, Maisie. Sabina, being a natural loner wanted to set out on her own to rescue Maisie, but she quickly learns she isn't in this alone. Her demonic minion Giguhl, and almost her almost lover, Adam wouldn't even think of abandoning her or Maisie now. As they set out to find and rescue Maisie, they form plan after plan that each wind out not working quite the way they imagined, but they will never give up. Meanwhile, the Fae Queen is taking advantage of the Mage's circumstances by establishing dominance over them, and expecting all of the Mages to fall in line like little minions. With everyone seeming to be against them, it's up to the three of them to save Maisie before it is too late. Oh yeah, and serve a nice dish of revenge to her grandmother, as revenge is best served hot!
I was really impressed with the amount of growth Sabina's character did in this book. In the past she was cold and almost uncaring. Of course that was a necessity due to her profession as an assassin. However in this book she really opened herself up and let herself finally care for others. Once she opened the gates, an entire flood of emotions came through, and while it was really hard for her to handle at times, I'm really glad she finally made some real connections. Of course, me being a romance fan, I most enjoyed the connection between her and Adam, but the rest were really great as well. She has finally learned that while caring for others can make you vulnerable, the amount of strength gained is tenfold over any vulnerability.
Sabina has always had a problem with authority, but the Fae Queen may have just taken one step too far when she drops Maisie's safety from priority. It is never wise to tick off an accomplished assassin, but luckily for the Queen, Sabina's attention was already focused on finding Maisie and revenge against her grandmother. Since Sabina's character has grown so much, I don't think she would take immediate action against the queen, but I know she will never forget the callous attitude the queen had towards Maisie's life. While Sabina has matured from her "shoot now ask questions later attitude," I think she is actually becoming even more dangerous. When you take into account her massive experience in assasinations, and add in her Mage side's Chthonic powers, combined with a level head, she will be one unstoppable force. I have a feeling that her Chthonic powers will play a large role in future books as this is what makes her both unique and desirable to both sides. The boundaries of these powers are unknown at this point, but they could potentially be almost limitless as she continues to fulfill her destiny.
This book opened up a whole new world of both possibilities and new dangers. There were several unexpected twists and turns that makes me wonder just what is in store for Sabina in the future. I'm very interested to see if she continues on this new path of level-headedness, or if she reverts back to her old self. Somehow I don't think she will revert now that she has the support she needs, but only time will tell. This series has only gotten better with each book, and if the trend continues, the next one promises to be one heck of a book. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Definitely a must read!