by Virginia Hust
Published January 7, 2013
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Three hundred years of penance, of suffering through an immortal life has left Maura praying for salvation. She joins a group bent on gaining back their souls by awakening The One and after a rather bleak few years in Cairo she thinks they’ve found him. But after a meeting with her sire goes terribly wrong she is trapped in the enemy camp. How far will she go to survive? Gabriel is a normal, if rather jaded private detective living in Seattle Washington, until a beautiful woman shows up at his practice, claiming to be a vampire and asking for his help. Suddenly his life is turned on its head as he is introduced to the underground society of Fallen Angels bent on finding their savior.
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It happened again: I was drawn to a book through the cover art.
When I started this book, I expected to like it, if for no other reason than the blurb mentions Cairo. (I have to admit, I was disappointed that only a tiny fraction of the book took place there. I was expecting more.)
Total honesty here. I felt like the vampires in this book take themselves way too seriously. Not really a problem, but it felt heavy-handed at times. Also, it was a bit much to have the vampires, and fallen angels, and the devil, and God, all rolled together. Cut even one thing out, and I feel it would have held together better.
If you like getting to see snippets of the world, you'll enjoy the fact that there's a lot of travel in this book. While we don't get to see much of these places, we do get a really good feel for them.
One of the best parts of this book, in my opinion, is the way that Maura behaves and learns to deal with being a prisoner. The concessions she makes and her attempts at manipulation are very believable.