It was fascinating to learn about the creature Alexa has become. I use the word “creature” deliberately because she’s unlike everyone else, and she’s sometimes more an “animal” than a human. It was equally fascinating to learn more about Ankhsis, the world the vampires come from. Getting to know Magnus and Seth was great, and they were both very well fleshed-out characters that are important for the plot and certainly revealed more about how vampires “tick” in Popescu’s universe. And I think I have a huge crush on Seth now…
Speaking of crushes, adding a sort of love triangle to this novel was a nice touch and fit in well. It provided the emotional counterbalance and deeper meaning to the story which is otherwise driven by more action and gore than the first book. Also, it showed intriguing dynamics between Alexa and Louis that had in some way been present when Anthony was part of the picture, but that are now different.
I liked the way the violence was portrayed, and the way Alexa’s outer and inner transformation developed over the course of the story. It was also nice to meet Hesrah again and have another kickass female character alongside Alexa. As for Alexa, she makes an eclectic mix of heroine and villain and I do think there’s a lot of development potential for the third book in the trilogy.
I can recommend this book to all vampire fans, to all who long for a perfect combination of twisted love story and almost movie-like action, and to all who enjoy paranormal romance novels in general. But you’ll definitely have to read Book 1 first. In fact, you’d better even re-read it if like me you read it a long time ago, because you’ll need to catch up. Book 2 stops with an open end, but not with a real cliffhanger that will have you biting your nails.