When a vampire serial killer starts rampaging through the city, Menolly knows it's only a matter of time before the humans start fighting back in retaliation, putting all vamps in danger. She sets out to stop the killer before he finds another victim, but when the group tracks him to a section of the city with some serious poltergeist activity, she quickly realizes they are way over their heads. She seeks out Roman, a ancient vampire, and asks him for help. He agrees, but his price comes at a shock to Menolly. Never would she have thought she would have caught this ancient's eye, but now he has her in his sights, and he doesn't want to let go.
Menolly has grown so much from the beginning of the series. In fact, all of the girls have made a lot of character progression, but I think Menolly may have grown the most. In this book, she seems to finally be accepting herself; all of herself. While her werepuma lover, Narissa, has a lot to do with her self acceptance, it's Roman that gets Menolly to take that final step. By being someone who can handle her when she lets herself go completely, it is almost like a huge burden is lifted off her shoulders. Before him, she had no one to allow herself to simply let loose without the fear of causing serious damage. I'm glad she will be able to balance all of the sides of herself and finally be at peace.
Due to Delilah's injuries from the previous book, we don't get to see too much of her in this one. However, as much as I love seeing all three girls worked together, Delilah really earned her rest, and I can't complain about her taking a back seat. That being said, both Menolly and Camille get their own set of troubles, and man some of them are doosies. Things are happening that will forever change the group dynamic; not just with the sisters and Iris, but their brood of men as well. Menolly is especially worried about them growing apart, but I don't think that is what will happen. I think the girls are each coming into their own, and while their paths may be different, nothing can break their bond. I think the dynamic between the three girls is the best thing about this series, and really makes them amazing books.
This book was full of heart pounding action. Once it started, I could only hold on and enjoy the ride. This is definitely my favorite Menolly book, if not the best one out of the entire series. While the fight against Shadow Wing was only a background threat in this book, the danger the group experiences was by no way any less than the previous books. In fact, some pretty major events occurred that set things in action. Some of which I am almost afraid to read about in the next book, as the repercussions will be steep. However, some events seem to be leading to good things, making this book a good balance of danger, yet potential hope for the future. I absolutely loved every minute of this book, and am so eagerly awaiting the next one's release. Definitely one of those series you want to check out if you haven't already. For fans of the series, you won't want to miss this installment!