Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city iself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.
That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.
Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.
Full Length Novel
I'd say yes, although you could probably get by without reading the others... You'd just miss a lot and be the worse off for it.
HFN... It's UF!
Yep, but it's quite tame.
Book five kicks off a couple of months after the heartbreaking events in book four. Merit has thrown herself into her role as sentinel and is working with Jonah, captain of the Grey House guards, - I love Jonah! - developing her skills and trying to pick up the broken pieces of herself and find a way to put herself back together while the rest of Cadogan House tries to heal from its loss and deal with an asshat arbitrator assigned by the GP for all of their perceived sins.
Strange things are happening around Chicago - like the water turning black and the sky turning red - and, as per the current social climate, the vampires are blamed for all the unnatural ‘evils’ in the world. To protect her house, and vampires in general, Merit - and the lovely Jonah! - must work out what is causing the chaos and put a stop to it before all is lost.
This made for a book packed full of action, magic and emotion… So many emotions! I can’t really elaborate on all the twists and turns without spoiling the book but let's just say that by the end I’m gutted for both Catcher and Merit, heartbroken over what's not meant to be with Jonah - I love him - and the big WTFery of the last book is put to rights.
It was epic but I was left drained by the end and, to be honest, I’m not in a burning hurry to move onto the next book. I need to just sit and digest the twists, turns, revelations and ramifications of this book before continuing on with this really enjoyable series.
(Mean, I know.)