Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Once again, Arianna Calin, the Guardian and supernatural cop for Riverdale’s Magic Council, and her human partner, Lt. Ryan Foster, have been called to a vicious crime. This time they know exactly who the guilty parties are. Four werejaveys, part human and part javelina, are found torn apart in a bar; the ones who did it are elves. Werejaveys are known for being violent, so it was easy to ascertain that the werejaveys got what they deserved.
Although the crime was easy to solve, the problem was that Ari got to the Vampire Strip late, having been busy working with a newly turned vampire. The Council is up in arms over Ari’s apparent attention to the vampires, and what they consider her lack of participation with the otherworlders. She realizes that she has to pay more attention to her duties, until the day Andreas winds up missing. Having returned to his home in Italy where he had to investigate vandalism and a murder, he put himself in Europe close to where the O-Seven are. All of Ari’s fears have been realized.
Ari and Andreas have been living together. When it becomes apparent that the O-Seven, the original and most dangerous vampires in the world, have him, her job becomes secondary to rescuing Andreas. Somehow he was taken from his secure room by werebears who were transported into and out of his room. There is no doubt that the O-Seven have a very powerful warlock working for them. She leaves for Italy determined to do whatever is necessary to save Andreas, including asking Sophistrina and her coven for help. In spite of the fact that Sophie’s coven practices dark magic, Ari needs all the help she can get to enter the fortress where Andreas is being held.
Even with her powers as a fire witch, and the powers from Sophistrina’s coven, it seems that getting into the O-Seven’s castle will be near impossible. They are heavily guarded inside and out. In addition, there are werebears, hundreds of vampires and other vicious creatures. Can Ari get to Andreas? Will Sophistrina and her coven help her? If she gets into the castle, how will she and Andreas get out? So much happens in this book, both good and bad. I couldn’t wait for the end.
As with all the other books in the series, there is romance, violence, betrayals, and suspense. Although the books do not have to be read in order, not doing so would definitely be a shame, since they get better and better as you follow the main character’s lives. All the characters are reoccurring, so it helps to start at the beginning. The author does do a wonderful job of bringing readers up to date on what has occurred before. Even so, don’t miss out of some great reading. I love this series because each book ends and all questions are answered. Can’t wait for the next one.