Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she's sworn off all things vampire.
Except... In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.
To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who's turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won't get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there's a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.
Another wonderful read in the Innkeeper’s world. If you are a fan of Codex Alera, or Kate Daniels, or Honor Harrington, this might be a treasure for you as well.
I love this series!!!
Wow....just wow!!! This was an amazing addition to this series, and I loved that this writing team chose to tell us Maud’s story.
The authors made me care for DeMile Family, and all of the supporting side characters so much that I feel like I am sitting down to visit with old friends; all while hearing about the trials, tribulations, and happy endings that they experience every time I start a new book in any series written by Ilona Andrews. They are masters at world and character building, and I didn’t find anything in this storyline that lacked their usual finesse.
Thank you, Ilona Andrews!!! I can’t wait to move on to the next book in the series!!!
Maud’s backstory, going forward
. . . and then the not-quite-cliffhanger
Conflicts emotional, political, cultural, and physical are all attained. In spades.
Maud’s daughter Helen reminds me of Dune’s Alia Atreides in her earlier-than-usually manifested skills, but I fervently hope that lacking Bene Gesserit and spice influences, that ends the resemblance! I am glad my son was never as scary a child to protect growing up.
There is one priceless scene very late in the story involving a threatened Helen. In one single paragraph so much is accomplished it took my breath away.
I bought the first three on sale as a bundle, but like another, realized I had better buy the next two, and hope another is due out soon.
Wow. I don’t give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ at all often.
Now for their “Magic” series . . .