New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Embers cranks up the tension in the next Souls of Fire novel, featuring Emberly Pearson, a phoenix who assumes human form to fight death at every turn....
Emberly and her red hot partner, Jackson, have hit an impasse in their battle against the crazed humans infected by a plague-like virus derived from vampire blood. Their quest to unearth the leader of the group leads them into an ambush - and leaves Emberly at odds with her former lover, Sam, who's pressuring her to join his Paranormal Investigations Team.
To make matters worse, three local witches have been kidnapped - and if their spells fall into the wrong hands, Emberly's powers could end up smothered. With time ticking until the virus consumes the world, Emberly and Jackson must race to save the witches, find a cure, and smoke out their nemesis - or go down in a blaze of glory...
Arthur supplies nonstop action in her third Souls of Fire novel (after Wicked Embers), but her lead character's interior life is stuck in limbo. Luke Turner has succumbed to the mind-altering red plague virus and is using magic and an alliance with the sindicati (vampire mafia) to control an outbreak and try to kill his brother, Sam, a paranormal investigator with the Australian government, and Emberly Pearson, a phoenix and Sam's former lover. Emberly and fire fae Jackson Miller try to stay alive during their hunt for lost biomedical research and missing witches; most of Emberly's downtime is spent moping about Sam, whose habit of jumping to conclusions doomed their relationship. Though the book is filled with paranormal activity, the only emotional heat is a few smoldering glances Sam sends Emberly's way. This installment is a sure disappointment for Riley's fans and doesn't begin to approach the quality of the first book in the series.