Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
This book has so much going on. The horrors of history are combined with horror in the form of the original vampires. Nazi Germany and one of their camps is the backdrop for this next volume in the Dead Camp series. Eli is on the hunt for Ethan’s father with Mal as his sidekick. This book covers such a dark and hard set of circumstances. Yet somehow, Kerr sprinkles in these moments, these beautiful moments of hope, tenderness, and love, moments of humanity at its best. And these moments are needed; otherwise I am not sure I could have gotten through the depths of evil he presented on these pages. Truly the only reason this series doesn’t get five stars from me is the level of “ew” in the brilliant descriptions. I had to literally walk away a couple of times and find a lighter read as a palate cleanser. That is a credit to Kerr as well. His writing literally had my skin crawling at times.
Kerr has the ability to get such emotional reactions from the reader. Watching Mal struggle with his feelings for Eli as they contradict the mission he must accomplish is so heart wrenching. Eli has his own struggles as he must face his emotional self for the first time in years. This, on top of small vignettes with background characters, all combine to create a true emotional roller coaster of a book. There are three more books in this series. I am going to have to invest in some good walking shoes to work off the emotional stress in the rest of these books! Because I have to see the resolution now. Dang it Sean Kerr!!! These are so not my usual choice in books and now you’ve got me all invested.