What secrets are hidden in her past . . . ?
Jewelry designer Garet James is still coming to terms with the astounding revelation in BLACK SWAN RISING that she is the last in a long line of women sworn to protect the world from evil. Now she has received a sign from Will Hughes, the 400-year-old vampire who once helped her defeat the evil threatening to destroy New York City. Hughes, tortured by his own violent history which is vividly reenacted here, has asked her to join him on a quest to rid himself of his curse of vampirism. While looking for Will in Paris, Garet encounters a number of mysterious figures-an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the oldest tree in Paris, a gnome who lives under the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a librarian at the Institut Oceanographique, and a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Each encounter leads Garet closer to finding Will Hughes, but she realizes that she's not the only one who's trying to find the way to the magical world called the Summer Country. As Garet struggles to understand her family legacy, each answer she finds only leads to more questions—and to more danger.…
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Carroll, a joint pseudonym for mystery author Carol Goodman and her husband, Lee Slonimsky, continue their ultralightweight urban fantasy trilogy with this vapid tale. In 2010's Black Swan Rising, jewelry designer Garet James was tricked into opening a mysterious silver box that set off a cascade of otherworldly events. Now Will Hughes, her vampire lover, has absconded with the box for his own purposes. Garet tries to move on with her life, but an anonymous gift sets her on a quest to find Will and follow him to the Summer Country. In alternating chapters, Will explains how he became a vampire and how he intends to cure himself so he can live with Garet and love her as a mortal. Miscommunication and misunderstandings abound in this bizarre amalgam of urban fantasy, mythological evils, fairies, and easily deluded, flat characters who shift with the changing of the breeze.