on 21 June 2008
This is the fourth book in Jenna Black's "Guardians Of The Night" series and it certainly helps to have read the previous books to follow the events and characters in this one. The focus of this story is Drake, a Killer (vampire who kills humans for food) but who is allowed to live by the Guardians because of his moral stance about those he kills for food. However, as the book opens, Drake is accused by one of the Guardians in Philadelphia of killing an undercover cop and he's forced to go to Baltimore and join the small group of Guardians there led by Gabriel.
Unfortunately once Drake arrives he discovers that Gabriel has been kidnapped by Brigitte and within a very short time a delegation arrives from Paris led by Armand Durant who has been tasked by his superior, La Vielle, to dispose of Gabriel. As Gabriel has been kidnapped Drake has to try to take his place in holding together the small band of vampires against those much stronger than them. When Drake also meets with Faith, Armand's concubine, and Faith's sixteen year old mortal sister, he finds himself having to take their needs into account rather than just working to dispose of Armand and all his followers.
Faith's life, since she mistakenly trusted a man who turned out to be a vampire six years before, has been a long mission to keep her sister safe. She hates Armand but knows that she has little chance of surviving leaving him and so she bides her time. When she finds a sympathetic ear in Drake there's a chance but can the machinations of Brigitte and Henri, as well as Drake's Maker Padraig, prevent a reasonable future for them?
Jenna Black's writing style is very good with excellent pacing, a varied list of characters and some interesting moral dilemmas for her characters. This book was much heavier on the vampire politics than the romance, in fact the romance felt rather like a sideline to the plot and didn't have that much time spent on it, but it was interesting to see events from Drake's, Faith's, Armand's and Charles's minds, especially as none of the characters are either completely good or completely bad. However this reader found that, overall, the book wasn't entirely satisfying as it felt more like a transitional story than a complete story in its own right and the lack of focus on Drake and Faith was perhaps a slight disappointment.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008