Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future. Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she's helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans. Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble thanks to the arrival of Pussy Willow and his new roller derby team. But as much as Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, part of her doesn't believe that peace is possible.
Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threatens to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.
Half-mage, half-vampire Sabina Kane is torn between her two races in the fast-paced fourth tale in Wells's urban fantasy series (after 2011's Green-Eyed Demon). With a peace treaty soon to be signed by the vampires, mages, and faeries, Sabina is free to study magic and enjoy her romance with the handsome mage Adam Lazarus. Then a pair of murders threatens both the treaty and the rule of Sabina's former lover, vampire vice lord Slade Corbin. Ordered by mage and vampire leaders to investigate, Sabina and Adam must deal with the unwanted assistance of obstreperous vampire Alexis Vega while struggling with Sabina's suppressed bloodlust and her traumatized twin sister's inability to have the prophetic dreams on which the mages depend. Despite two-dimensional characterization, contrived humor, and some painful sexual clich s, Wells improves on the previous novel with plenty of mystery and action.
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