Two phoenixes have been murdered, and Sir Rodney, King of the Seelie Court has asked sexy, shadow she-wolf Sasha Trudeau to determine who or what is messing with fae magic (their glamour is faltering). Unfortunately, no one is immune to this "curse" and even the mighty warriors are affected. With the help of her life-mate (Hunter), Sasha and her group of special force soldiers must investigate these grisly murders, the dark magic behind them, and solve this serious conspiracy before all paranormal creatures expose themselves to the humans. While the two struggle to understand what is happening to all those who have special powers, they also are dealing with Hunter's brother, Shogun, who also appears to be under the effects of powerful magic (his growing lust for Sasha could start a war between the Clans) since stepping foot in New Orleans. Who then is to blame for the unseelie curse, the vampires or some other group bent on revenge? And why, during a time when his powers and those of his men are beginning to fade, is Sir Rodney infatuated with the she wolf (attempting to woe her)? Could he too be under the spell that plagues his people? As the story culminates into the days leading up to the Midsummer Nights Ball (an annual event hosted by Sir Rodney) so too does the anticipation of a showdown between those conflicting powers. So if for no other reason, an opportunity to read about gnomes, fairies, elves, werewolves, vampires, phoenixes, and an Ice Queen that will make you cringe in anticipation, all fighting for power, made this a worthy read.
I enjoyed this novel and think that it was by far the best in the Crimson Moon series. Like the VHLS (Vampire Huntress Legend Series), there is the age old tension between good and bad, as well as obligation and honor, and while it may be easier to do the wrong thing, the characters in this series always manage to do the right thing, even if it means escaping into the Shadowlands and murmuring a calming word. And while I appreciate Hunter, I also love the triangle between Hunter, Sasha and Shogun, and secretly hope that Shogun gets the girl (although this is contrary to the way of the wolf who mate for life). I guess just as I hoped Jose would have a chance (VHLS) or Jacob (Twilight), or all those others who we know secretly will never get the girl, but we cheer them on hoping they will. I think this series will only get better as they continue to fight against evil, and fight for love. If nothing else, I await the next opportunity to see Sasha in action.