January 25th 2011, Harper Voyager
336 pgs., E-galley
Second in Dark Brethren Series
After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.
Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.
A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.
As opposed to the first in the series this one had my attention from the first page. How could it not with an evil spirit commanding a guy to rip out a boy’s beating heart while the boy was still conscious? Seriously good hook.
The character development in this book also surpassed the first. Kitt is an extraordinary character who gave up everything in order to protect her twin daughters. The team seems to be a tight family, which adds a human element missing from the first.
The characters really stand apart.
I even at times feel compassion for the killer.
Christian didn’t really have a place in this book, which was understandable as this was primarily Kitt’s book, but I missed him. So I certainly hope to see him more in the third.
Raven is strong, protective, and pretty awesome.
The twins bring an element that I haven’t read about in quite awhile. Kitt is a mother. A protective, fierce, mother.
The only issues I had with the book were: the dialogue seemed strained at times and POV changes can seem abrupt. But these technical didn’t distract from the story, which was pretty great.