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When a vampire attacks a girls' school in a fit of viscious madness, it is only
the first in a string of violent events. Vampire after vampire is consumed by
rampant bloodlust and Raphael is struggling to control them when he himself
begins to show signs of uncontrollable rage. But when a massive storm threatens
the New York the pattern behind the events becomes clear. An ancient is
awakening and she seeks to reclaim her son. Caliane has returned...
is the third book in the Guild Hunter series (after Angels' Blood and Archangel's Kiss) and is probably my favourite in the series so far. The storyline is
densely plotted and packed with twists and turns, and the threat of an Ancient
awakening is threaded through the book adding a vein of tension that enhances
the plot. The suspense woven into the storylines is one of the things that I
love most about this series, and this installment takes it to the next
After watching Elena's growth after the past few books, I was
looking forward to seeing what was next for her and this takes things back to
her family. It allows us to understand more about how her family functions and
what role she was in. There is also a few surprises hidden in Elena's past and
the flashbacks give her character even more depth. Her romance with Raphael is
still going strong although at times I felt it drew attention away from the
The presence of Raphael's mother Caliane also means that
flashbacks are again used to help develop their relationship by giving a window
into their past. The flashbacks are always in italics and fit well within the
story. Raphael is also dealing with the echoes of Lijuan's ascension and the
changes that has made to the balance of power between the Cadre of ruling
Once again the supporting characters shine through,
particularly Dmitri who has been running things in New York while Elena
recovered from her transformation. His book is up next and I'm eager to find out
more about him. Bluebell also returns and there are some truly heartwrenching
scenes with him that really made me feel for him.
All in all this was a
great read and I'm really looking forward to Archangel's Blade.
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