Vampires are not pretty creatures in the world created by Ms. Adams and Ms. Clamp. They are parasites that infest their host and eventually kill them. They are a hive like entity dependant upon each other for survival. They are the Thrall.
Katie Reilly is a strong woman. She has to be if she is to survive the danger that surrounds her. Six years ago, her fiance cheated on her and gave himself to the vampires. Thinking that she could save him, Katie invaded the hive’s home only to be bitten by a vampire. Her strong psychic ability coupled with the venom of the vampire turns her into something else; she is viewed as next in line to be the Thrall Queen.
As if she didn’t have enough to cope with, she finds out that her younger brother’s medical treatment is going to cost her more money and her newly renovated building has just lost a tenant. In walks Mr. August, Tom the Fireman. He is also a werewolf.
Tom begins to attract Katie in a way that she hasn’t felt since her fiance, and she doesn’t know how to react to it. The Queen of Denver, Monica, has also decided that it’s time to pass the crown on to Katie whether she wants it or not.
What’s a girl to do when the world is determined to kill her? Kick butt of course!
This world is different. I’m having a hard time deciding if I like it or not. It is complex and unlike the other paranormal romances out on the shelves. One of the major differences to other books, is the vampire mythology and the werewolf status structure.
Vampires in this world, have evolved right along with humans. They are basically ignored until they can be ignored no longer. They are powerful, psychic creatures capable of great feats, such as holding a room full of people’s minds in trances. The werewolves are different too.
It’s unique to see a werewolf world shaped around a female leader. In this novel men do not rule. While I appreciate the difference and applaud the women’s lib., I also frown my nose at the men being weaker than the woman. I know, I can’t believe I said that, but I do feel that way. I don’t dislike it; I’m just not quite comfortable with it.
Katie is a flawed character. I think that’s part of what makes her
likeable realistic to me. The woman cares too much about other people. She’s loyal and willing to risk it all for those she loves. The draw back is that often she ends up getting the short stick or takes all the risk, causing those around her to treat her with hostility.
There’s a ton of descriptions and the story is a good one. I must admit, though that I was a tad bit bored at different moments.
Am I mad I took the time to read this book? No. I even read the next installment.
So, my question to y’all is: Do you ever find situations in books that make you raise an eyebrow? Like me and my teeter tottering with the woman leads pack idea.