Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Cindel Konstantinov is a vampiress mated to Alek Konstantinov the Sire of New York City and a vampire known for his power and his cruelty. It has been three years since Cindel was able to get free from Alek and with the help of his right hand man Taylon she had freedom and her bond with Alek was broken. Unfortunately she learned the hard way that freedom does not necessarily mean peace and happiness because without money or blood she once again found herself a slave to another monster.
Dax is a Knight for the Order of the Senary, hybrids created to fight vampires or leeches as they are referred to and the only ones fighting to keep humans alive. Like the other hybrids Dax has a gift and his is the ability to create ice which can be a very powerful weapon. It is a world where vampires outnumber humans, a world where humans are food and the hybrids try to save humanity. Dax is Cindel’s sworn enemy as she is his but on a mission he finds her and is unable to kill her. Of course their meeting was one filled with dead leeches and tons of blood but when he saves her she has a sense of peace even though he has her chained to a chair.
Dax has no knowledge of her connection to Alek who is making New York City a huge graveyard and out of fear she is not willing to tell him. No doubt if he knew who she really was he would have no trouble killing her. It wasn’t until he brought her back to the Senary’s headquarters in New York that he became aware of the trouble she brought into his and every other Knight’s life. In spite of her lying to him about who her sire was he still wants her and begs for her life.
Unlike most vampires Cindel has a reflection when she looks into a mirror meaning that when she was turned her sire had the ability to lock in her soul and before long it is apparent that she has emotions, strong emotions and is trying to prove she is not the monster all of Dax’s brothers believe her to be. She has to win their trust but it is not an easy task. The only one that believes in her in spite of everything is Dax and their connection grows stronger by the day.
This book is very powerful and dark and held me from page one to the end. There is betrayal, violence and very graphic pictures of what the humans young and old are suffering. I read book two in this series but not book one but none the less I was never lost, but saying that I would still recommend reading this series in order so you don’t miss out on anything especially the other Knight’s stories.
My only regret after reading this book was that I have to wait for the next one which hopefully is already in the works and will be out before long. This series is what paranormal romance should be in every way and if PNR is your genre of choice then don’t miss out on this series.