I think the most interesting thing for me about this book was how it had this really cool parallel with the first book. It was a very similar situation, but the opposite, and it brought an interesting perspective and more insight into a character whose POV we’ve never actually gotten. *SPOILER* In Book 1, Corvus remembered all the time he’d spent with Jehenne and the relationship they’d had, but she didn’t since she didn’t remember her past lives, for a while she was afraid of him and disliked him because she didn’t even know him, and Corvus was jealous of her easy friendship with Rodney. And then in this book, Jehenne remembered all the time she’d spent with Corvus and the relationship they’d had, but he didn’t because he had no memory of his life, for a while he was afraid of her and disliked her, and Jehenne was jealous of his easy friendship with Kai. *END SPOILER* It gave the reader a bit of an idea for what Corvus must’ve gone through when he’d first met Jehenne, why he was so emotional and erratic and sometimes seemingly cruel.
The characters were mostly great again too. I’ve become more attached to Jehenne, Corvus, Cain, Rodney, and even Ines now that I’m three books in. And the relationships among them, especially the family relationships, were nice to read about too, often complicated but still touching at times. Even Ines with all her sociopathic tendencies grew on me. And Jehenne herself became pretty damn badass. That scene when she sat on the throne was especially awesome, as was the one when she made a deal with Dis Pater. I was glad she seemed to be a lot more mature and smart this time—she’s really grown. As for Corvus, he was interesting in a whole new way because we got to see a different side of him, the person he used to be, much more cruel and dangerous. Oh, and I loved how, when Kai started wearing Jehenne’s clothes and nail polish and makeup, not a single one of the characters tried to stop him or force their gender stereotypes on him.
The fact that yet another man was in love with Jehenne, however, was unnecessary and forced since it was just instalove. I wouldn’t have minded if the love had been believable, but it just wasn’t. Thankfully it was just kind of a side thing at least.
The plot in this one though really had a lot going on, more than the other books, but in a good way, what with a trip to Tartarus, battling Dis Pater, everything going on with Corvus and Jehenne’s relationship with him, and the father of all vampires showing up. It made for a lot of tension and stress among the characters, which combined with the touching aspects, gave the book some emotion too.
So overall, this was another great addition to the series with lots of great tension and action, characters who showed growth, passionate romance, and sweet family relationships!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Emma V. Leech's The French Vampire Legend Series. Anyone who likes vampires, witches, emotional characters, romance, unusual but sweet family relationships, and tension-filled plots.