Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother's murder--even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she's ever met. Read more...
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Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother's murder--even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she's ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer--for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa's psychic powers. Quid pro quo.
Someone--or something--is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa's father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa's destruction.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-09-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Arthur ratchets up the intrigue while rounding out characters’ personalities in this powerful sequel to Sept. 2011’s Darkness Unbound. Risa Jones, half werewolf and half Aedh, is driven by her father, a rogue supernatural, to find the keys he forged to the gates of hell. This task threatens the powerful vampire council, which will only let Risa live if she figures out why two vampires have begun aging. As she tries to solve these puzzles, she increasingly relies on Azriel, the inscrutable reaper assigned to help her safeguard the keys. His revelations and growing human qualities add depth, humor, and frustration; she finds his messages mixed but readers assume at some point they’ll get a room. Arthur writes powerfully when describing the accoutrements of Risa’s magic, particularly her bonding with a sword, and Risa’s failed attempts to find the keys result in a stunning cliffhanger. (Nov.)