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When a fledgling vampire arrives at Woolworth House searching for his maker, Grier is forced to relive her time in Atramentous. Most of those years are as dark and empty in her memory as she was in her cell. She can't remember her progeny, or the night she resuscitated him, but she can protect him from the Society. As long as she's willing to barter with her grandfather to do it.
But Lacroix has plans of his own. He envisions the city--her city--under his rule, and Grier under his thumb. Now all he needs is the right leverage to force her cooperation, and he has just the person in mind. Grier is ready to trade her freedom until a grim truth is revealed that splits her heart in two. Yet another person she loves has betrayed her, and Grier is left agonizing over how much of their relationship is real and how much was a lie.
This latest book has me wondering where the series is going to go. Grier is still trying to figure things out. The last book left us with her grandfather, a super big time vampire, coming out and claiming her as his. Boaz is engaged to an amazing woman who is too good for him, and Linus is still steady and lovely as always. He’s finally told Grier something she’s been needing to know for a while, and I’m glad that part worked out well. One more person is added to Team Grier this book, and I kind of like him.
Her progeny has showed up at her door saying he escaped the prison they were held at. Grier knows that no one escapes and suspects Linus’ mother. With no way of teaching him vampiric ways, she asks her grandfather for a favor. She suspects this may have been the Grande Dame’s plan all along, but can’t be sure.
But as if Grier hasn’t suffered enough, another big betrayal is coming. The hits just don’t stop. This series is like a who’s who of people who have betrayed Grier. Can a girl catch a break?
I need to preface this with I love Linus. I do! I like Grier and Linus together. But…after everything Grier has been through, I feel like this commitment is too early. Linus was so patient, it wouldn’t have been all that big of a deal to make them wait longer. And with me being such a romantic I realize it seems like the opposite of something I’d want! But seriously, these two have centuries together and I’m not 100% sold that Grier knows what/who she wants.
As usual, many things were left undone or unsaid. But since it’s Urban Fantasy, that’s normal. I just have to remind myself of that! But I have questions! Until next book, I guess.
I will absolutely read the next book. I’m totally into this series, despite my frustration with this book that everyone else adored but me. I hope Grier can catch a break and I hope Boaz’s fiance makes him realize that she’s amazing, because she is. In fact, can we get a novella about his amazing fiance? Because I really like her.