We start, with Zara as she is released from Dragomir's basement, when she was cleared as "right of mind." Now Ana and those she knew are of the past, dead by the demons hand. The demon named Zara Lain.
Zara full of irritation looks at her annoying cell phone as it has not stopped ringing or vibrating while discussing price negotiations with a potential client, to eliminate his bosses older and not so human sister. Nate is awake! But alright? That's another issue, his a mage turned vampire and that is not done with the dangers that come with the combination. Now Zara needs to find a living mage-turned-vampire that is NOT crazy, to help her love. Zara calls in her help, the ones she has brought into her "group" slowly over the last few books. Her "friends," alive or dead. All for Nate. She would, and will, do anything for Nate, even tie her "friends" down until they help if not willing. There are a few who won't stay dead, and Zara now has to battle for her love and sanity, along with the secret society that seems to not want Zara around, and a prophecy that is floating around.
I really liked the dreams and flashbacks of Zara as she was coming into existence. This sheds a whole new light on Zara, her obstacles to being strong, and the insecurities she still doesn't realize she has. Also it parallels with Nate and his new born days. We get to see glimpses of when Ana turned and what she did, working to become Zara and where her name came from. Zara also has flashbacks of her time with Nate, remembering the love and feelings between, fun, and more. Then Zara's dark feelings from when she was turned seep in as well.
Chapter two is the short story at the end of Lineage, and still stunning to read the second time. It is no secret, Nate wakes in this book. But it's his condition that is questionable. Zara has it bad for Nate. She may not want to admit it, but the first two chapters prove it to me. Can Zara do what seems, pretty well seems, needs to be done to her love, Nate? Zara tries taking clues from the past Nate to help Nate through his condition when he wakes, but it might not help but confuse the poor man more.
Exhumed is a short seven months after Lineage ended, and we quickly learn where everyone is now. Some not so good, and some happy as can be. So many people come back in this book! It's like a reunion from Oblivion; Fists, knives, guns, fast cars, magic, and fangs and claws. I'll mention a few who return, but the others I'll leave out as it is best when you read it as a surprise, to get the full effect. Toby is called in for help, well not called and asked, more called and demanded. Toby has to work with Juliette. Ha ha ha! If you've read Whiskey Sour, with three short stories, you would laugh too. These two don't *really* get along, but here they get the job done...one gets shot somewhere and the other stabbed, by the receiver of the bullet wound. ;D They are such a pair, and you get the feel for the relationship they have. LOL! And of course we have all our regulars; Nicolette, Ryann, Ellie, Peri, and several others we came across before....you'll just have to read to see how.
I have to say, Skyla is such a powerful writer by pulling me into the main characters mind, that I keep siding with that character and their view and overflowing feelings. But I want to know the others thoughts in the situation. When I stop and sit back to take a breather and think, I wonder on the others' perspective and the feeling of... hope? lingers there, or at least I hope so. Then back into the book again and I'm pulled back to the main characters side when reading again. She's such a talented author that, not only did Zara leave me with battered bruised eyes, but a bruised heart as well. I LOVE IT! That is a book to hit me hard, and keep running.
Non-stop! High speed car chases! With guns. Fighting, knives, bullets flying, magic whipping. Then we have love. Will love win out over all? Who's the love for? That will keep you guessing as there are several potential couples here.
Fated is the short story in the back of this book. Now I'm not going to mention the name of the character as it might spoil the surprise for you...
She knows right away, half hour after actually, that she is pregnant. She is NOT happy. After leaving the doctors office she is approached in the subway, when everyone else is frozen, by a man who claims no harm to her but wants to keep her from...harm to come. And maybe if she is strong enough, join his magic society.
We get to see a few distorted truths come to light here. She is one to use enough of a truth and twist it so slightly to make things work the way she wants them. But she is an amazing character to watch, and love as you hate her. This story definitely sheds new light on a character and her motives along with some of her thinking process. It also takes you back to book one, and answers a few questions we would only get from a different view.