A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…
Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.
With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…
In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…
Worldbuilding: The Chicagoland world is absolutely awesome! All these elements – vampires, shifters, sorcerers, alchemy, necromancers…so much yumm! – are so neatly entwined in an exciting world! Love, love, love!
Characters: Merit was awesome. Kickass, feisty, romantic, in love, really funny – especially in combination with Mallory, imo -, awesome team player, just all around adorable. I loved Ethan too, a bit uptight but in combination with Merit, it’s hilarious. I’d like to make it clear though that despite my best intentions, I haven’t read any other novel in the series, so this was my acquaintance with them, not a new get-together. But I loved the whole cast of characters, they’re various types, authentic, colorful, kickass, awesome to follow 😀 Loved them!
Plot: The mystery of the evil-doer was fun, though not entirely non-transparent. I mean, I sort of saw it coming, but I was having so much fun that it didn’t bother or upset me. Lots of action, excitement, tension – both romantic and action-related -, the evolving relationship between Merit and Ethan was interesting too. Lots of fun, none of it too agitated or too complicated to jump right in and enjoy. On the romance front, I have to say that ongoing relationships aren’t too interesting a read for me, personally. I’m more of the fascination phase type of reader, I want the characters tortured and angsty and all, lol. There was some angst between Merit and Ethan, but not up to a satisfying level for an evil reader like me. I might have loved them enough to love them together in any kind of way if I’d read the rest of the series, but my evil reader desires remain, lol.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Mert’s POV. Loved her voice.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – but it’s an auto-buy author name 😀 Total impulsive buy material.
I loved this novel and I think if I ever manage to read the previous novels in the series, I’ll love them too. I read The Veil last year and had looots of fun with it. I’m pretty sure at this point that Chloe Neil can do no wrong 😀