While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet….
A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?
As I've said in previous reviews, one of the best things about this series is that there always is the "current" focus of the book, typically a crime or other catastrophe that needs solved, and there also is the over-arching storyline as well. This time around that over-arch took more of the forefront, which I really enjoyed as the political issues have been brewing for some time now. Those issues with the GP finally hit the boiling point, and boy did that result in a one heck of an interesting read. I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting things to turn out the way that they did, and boy will that ending be a massive shakeup for the future. Yet again, I've finished a new installment only desperate to get my hands on the next.
Warning, mini rant coming... Every time I think Ethan Sullivan has finally grown up when it comes to his and Merit's relationship, I'm proven wrong. I get that he has flaws despite being a vampire, he really is "only human" when it comes to that sort of thing, but at this point I'm just tired of it. He knows that Merit is it for him, and yet when something new comes up that isn't easy to deal with, he pushes her away. Well at least he tried to. Merit's done with allowing him to do that, and there were several times throughout the book where I applauded her. She's really come a long way since the first book in terms of coping with things, now it's just time to get his head out of his petunia. Oh and on another side note that ties into this, I find it incredibly amusing that Merit is utterly terrified of the idea of Ethan proposing someday. She's said on numerous occasions about eternity and all that, so why does marriage scare her so much. Just gives me a chuckle each time to see her panic.
There's something to be said about a series that you know with each new installment will be a guaranteed great read. I don't even have to read the blurb to know that the upcoming book will have to be on my shelf. The books are just that good. It's like coming home to old friends and I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an action packed and emotional read that's guaranteed to please.