|Tags||demons, paranormal romance, vampires, werewolves|
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
Review & Comments
Although I did enjoy this story and I do recommend it, I found this book to be the weakest in the series so far.
Sin, the female lead, should have been wonderful. She has a deeply complex character with a great back story. But that just didn't come through for me. Sin felt like a typical angst-ridden misanthropic urban fantasy heroine - which would be fine if I hadn't gotten used to the great characterization in earlier books in the series.
Her nature as an anomaly get short shrift here, though - except for one great scene where she points out to her brothers that she needs sex as much as they do to live, we hear about her being a sex demon a lot more than we see it. I would have loved to see more exploration of the double standards at work here.
The personality of Conall, the male lead, struck me as being too close to Wraith at the very beginning and too close to Shade after that - without a lot of transition between them. I was particularly annoyed that he is a real ass to Sin - and not only gets away with it but is represented as having done a good thing - while his own emotional shortcomings are pretty much overlooked except for a very short epiphany near the end.
There is almost too much action here - characters dashing this way and that, wars, plague, assassination attempts out the nose … I suspect that the weaker characterization in this book is a side-effect of the sheer amount of overarching plot action taking place.
The secondary couple in this book, Luc and Kar, were very interesting to me. I wish they had gotten more screen time, possibly a book of their own or at least a short story.
Oh, and the whole people on horseback thing - very silly.