Vampires are monsters again.
Venice, 1865: Sixteen-year-old Ayanda Draculesti doesn't remember her early life—all she knows is that she was found as a small child, wandering the streets of Venice with an intricate medallion and a mangled left arm. But Ayanda is unique--even though she's alive, she has the powers of a vampire. She has the strength and speed to battle them, and most importantly, the will. She won't let another child die.
Ayanda isn't the only young Unnatural in Venice. Ghostly Yurei is in hiding, fleeing the captors determined to turn him into an assassin. Jette Jekyll and Belle Frankenstein are on the run from alchemists who want them dead and dissected. Their paths and Ayanda's collide when a brutal enemy surfaces that threatens them all: one of the Greater Dead, a vampire that slithers through Venice murdering everyone she encounters.
Ayanda is determined to stop this Dead creature before she kills again. Yurei, Jette and Belle aren't. Why should they risk their lives to save people who see them as monsters? All they've ever known is hate and fear. They owe the world nothing.
But Ayanda can't defeat a Dead creature alone.
"Deftly weaving together gothic horror and steampunk vibes, Safra delivers horrifying monsters and compelling main characters, plus a fantasy Venice that will haunt you long after the last page."-E.M. Wright, author of SEDITION
"A page-turning read that leaves readers dazed and breathless...a thoroughly engrossing tale marked with intrigue, mystery, magic and murder."-The Prairies Book Review
"A harrowing but immersively entertaining work...captures the gothic atmosphere remarkably well, adding to the mythology for some of literature's most iconic creatures, while weaving a gripping story of friendship, duty, and determination. This memorable novel is enveloping--dark and ominous, while still reading at a fast clip."-SPR
"A dreadfully delightful homage to Gothic classics that offers something entirely of its own."-Independent Book Review
"Now that was an emotional ride! This book packs a punch and never lets you down."-Books Are Life