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on 9 May 2004
In the previous Twilight book, Embrace the Twilight, we saw Jameson and Angelica’s daughter Amber as an eighteen-year-old. This, the direct sequel to that book and which ties up the loose threads which Shayne left dangling, sees her in her early twenties. She’s still not-quite-human, not-quite-vampire, but changed in strange ways since her kidnap and torture by Frank Stiles, the remaining DPI agent and vampire hunter.
But Stiles’ quest has now changed: he wants immortality, and he believes that Amber - or more specifically her blood - can give it to him.
Then Amber discovers that Will Stone - one of the loose ends from Embrace the Twilight: Will is Sarafina’s partner, but he’s mortal and cannot even become a vampire, so what future does their relationship have? - has cancer and doesn’t have long to live. The vampires work out that Stiles has managed to create some sort of formula, using Amber’s blood, which seems to be able to cheat death, at least temporarily: is it possible that this could help Will? But for that they need to find Stiles and get the formula from him. Not easy.
Amber, on her way to be with Will and Sarafina, runs into a wild-looking vampire - literally. She knocks him down with her car. Edge, a 50-something-year-old vampire, has been tracking Amber because she, he knows, can lead him to Stiles - and he has his own reasons for wanting to meet Stiles again. Years earlier, Stiles brutally murdered Edge’s companions, several teenage vampires, and Edge wants revenge.
He’s sworn never to love again. He believes that he isn’t capable of it - and that he can simply use anyone he needs to without a shred of remorse. And so he plans to use Amber - and, if necessary, he will seduce her to gain her trust and compliance.
But it’s never as simple as that, as Edge discovers once he and Amber have made love...
There are lots of other threads in this book, such as Edge’s ‘creator’ - who abandoned him at the instant of his creation - being Dominic O’Roarke; Dominic arriving and meeting Dante for the first time since their separation a couple of hundred years ago; the question of Will’s illness, and so on. We also meet characters from most of Shayne’s other books, a principal exception being Damien, unfortunately.
Can Stiles be found? Will he give up his secret formula? Can he finally be killed and will he stay dead? Does Will live? And can a vampire ever make a woman pregnant? Read the book and find out!
One little niggle: at one point, Amber reflects that part of the reason why she’s so strong is that the blood of several vampires, including some very old ones (Rhiannon in particular) is in her veins, as a result of their blood combining to make Jameson a vampire. But Amber was conceived months before Jameson was transformed, so this simply can’t be the case.
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on 6 May 2015
Love the whole Twilight series. The characters are so believable.
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