A tale of two romances!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The Hero: Karl – Karl is a wolf shifter who fell in love with a blueblood vampire named Manu. He left his pack behind and became a familiar to Manu, thinking they would be together forever. However, Manu sent him away for years and now the King has asked him to return to her side at the academy. This is all that was known about Karl in the previous books, aside from the fact that he has a sister named Cheryl and he was in a band with Vivi from Dark Prince.
The heroine: Manu – she is a blueblood vampire and is sister to Lucca and niece to the King. She once had a relationship with her brothers friend Ronan, back in the 1500’s and got pregnant from that relationship. While pregnant she is involved in a war against another group of vampires (under the leadership of Tatiana), that is when she meets Karl, while she is injured and losing her baby.
The Story: Karl and Manu both feel a pull towards each other when they first meet. This book is partially done via flashbacks and tells the story of their meeting, the reasons behind Manu’s hatred of the Nightingale queen, beyond the fact that Maeve cursed Manu’s brother, then Manu. After which Manu lost most of her coloring, her tan skin and her hair turned white. This book also tells why Manu sent Karl away, despite the fact that she is connected to him. She even admits the only reason she never went out to meet the sun, is because her death would mean his.
This book was told in multiple points of view via dual narration. Narrated by Mindy Kennedy and Troy Duran. Mindy has a nice voice and does a great job, though she doesn’t have a bunch of different voices for different characters so it is sometimes difficult to figure out who is talking. Troy Duran does a terrific job, as always. He has a bunch of both male and female voices.
I didn’t like Manu in any of the previous books because she was mean to just about everyone. This book gives the reasons she acts the way she does, but frankly it is a really weak person who takes her pain out on others, so I still didn’t like Manu very much, but it did explain a lot. As we have seen in previous books, Karl is a very good man, a great brother and friend, and is way too good for Manu.
This book also starts the story about Ronin and Cheryl. The thing I didn’t like was that this was more of a book about two separate romances and it was like half the story about both of them. The next book should be the rest. I would rather have the full story of Manu and Karl in this book and the full story of Ronan and Cheryl in the next, though I can sort of see why it was done this way, since the stories are intertwined. I just hate cliffhangers. I would also like to read the story of Derek Blackwater, the made vampire with wealth and power, who owns the nightclub, Havoc. I hope that one gets written as well.
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