My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Can I give 1,000,000,000 stars?
As the going says, all good things must come to an end. But What. An. Ending!
I waited for almost a year to read this book from when it was published because I was not ready to say goodbye to Leila and Vlad. The only couple to measure up to Bones and Cat. There is not one single thing I do not love about these characters. They are so rounded, but also so clearly etched in who they are.
Anyway, this last chapter in the series surpassed all the other, in my opinion. It was fast paced, romance-laden, dynamic, and it pulled at all my feelings.
It was pure perfection.
Leila and Vlad’s relationship is stronger than every, devoid of all the doubts of the first two books. They are an item, they would die for each other, as they prove more than once in this book.
I am absolutely amazed at the gem that Frost produced with this one. Out of all the magical creatures in her world, faes, demons and witches are my least favorites. I’m a sucker for vampires and ghouls. So when at first the focus was on mainly magic I was like: “mmmmh”. But then Ian came into the picture, bringing his usual comical relief, and the scenes started rolling like in an action, fantasy movie and I was 100% digging it. There were indeed some hilarious scenes
concerning physical metamorphosis and Ian.
Ian sighed. “Always straight to business. how you stand it, poppet, I’ll never know, but I suspect that fiery tongue has something to do with it. Ah, he’s giving me that I’ll-kill-you glare again. How many times must I tell you not to kill anyone tonight? It’s like a sickness with you, isn’t it? Have you ever gone a whole day without committing murder?
Ian gave me an aggravated look. “Can’t shag your sister, can’t shag your friend, can’t shag you, can’t shag Vlad. If I wanted to be this sexless and miserable I’d get married.”
Something I adored about this book, which was not as present in the other instalments, is how much we get to see Vlad’s vulnerable side. Leila’s life has never been more in danger and this gave Frost a chance to show us all how deeply Vlad cares about her. How desperate he can get when the love of his undead existence is threatened. Vlad was the character that most revealed himself in this book. He had always been rounded, but because of his naturally guarded personality, it had always felt like he’d been holding back something. Well, in this book he gives it his all.
I will not go into the details of the narration. What I will say is that it was full of twists and turns, with more than one enemy and enough secrets and plot twists to make you gasp. I was flabbergasted at a certain point!!!
As for the writing style, it was as usual amazingly written. Witty, fast-paced, on point.
PS.: Vlad and Leila are also hot as hell! As if we could expect anything but by Mr Tepesh, the pyrokinetic.
“That’s love for you,” I head Ian say. “Glad I’m too corrupt to fall victim to that form of intelligence lobotomy.”
“I hope you fall head over heels for someone who insists on monogamy.”
And this is exactly what I hope for Ian’s book, which will be the next spin-off. At first I hadn’t been convinced about Veritas. I never liked the Law Guardians, they always seemed too stiff and uptight. But seeing her in this books, and realizing she may not be exactly what she seems makes me curious about her.