Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder -- even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer -- for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’... more »s psychic powers. Quid pro quo.
Someone -- or something -- is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.
As much as I loved the first book, this one lost my attention about halfway through. Risa is given a task by Hunter to find who is killing off council members. But that only takes up a small portion of the book, and we are back to finding the "keys" again. In all honesty, the "key" storyline is where I am getting bored. I love Azriel, don't trust Lucien, and am just getting bored with the rest. This book could be considered an extention of the first one, instead of a new installment in the series. And yes, I realize that the hunt for the "keys" is the underlying theme for the series, at least for now. But it's not keeping my attention. I put this one down twice to read other books before picking it back up and forcing myself to finish it. And even though it didn't appeal to me this time, I will continue to read this series. I think Risa and her friends are worth the momentary "bored" speed bump. Risa is just as compelling a character as Riley Jensen, and worth sticking with it. Besides, I really want to find out what will happen between Azriel and Risa.