Yet another series I started in the wrong order, but was totally at the mercy of my local library – you read what they have (am on waiting list for earlier titles, but I’ve never been a patient person). A true test is a series is if you can jump in middle and end and still know enough of what’s going on (and what’s happened thus far) to follow the current situation… I had no problems at all with that,
Merit’s my kind of heroine – a bit snarky, strong, impatient w/a low tolerance for BS. As a human-turned-vamp, she has empathy for both sides, and really does want everyone to just get along. She’s haunted by nightmares, her House is in major turmoil, and her best friend’s new weirdness is freaking her out. There’s creepy elemental magic gone very wrong, turning the waters around Chicago black and sucking all the magic from the local sups (supernaturals). The new mayor blames the vamps. The old mayor’s playing mind-games with riddles. Funny how when no one has a clue, everyone can point a finger.
This is an interesting tale, full of magic both good and bad, full of prejudice and strife and tension, lies and blind ignorance. Anyone can snap if you push them hard enough; everyone has a boiling point and a breaking point. There were significant twists and turns, good guys who aren’t and bad guys you never saw coming. And one hell of a twist that turns the House on its ear. There’s PLENTY of room for a Book 6 here. Can’t wait to see what happens next!