It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
I first read this book back in 2011 and I'm only just getting round to writing up my review of it!
I was a little concerned when I noticed that the book was narrated by Isabeau, a vampire Hound Princess on a diplomatic mission to see Helena, and Logan Drake. I was a big fan of Lucy so I wasn't sure about the changes. However, once I started reading it, I was enjoying the story too much to be bothered by it.
I liked Logan, and it was interesting to get his view on what was happening-Solange being pursued by Montmartre, assassins trying to kill Helena, Hel-Blar trying to kill everyone, and dealing with his newfound love for Isabeau. Isabeau's story was interesting and we get to see the life and history of the Hound tribe of vampires this time. There is the brief introduction of Kieran's vampire killing friend Hunter, who is ready t kill anything with fangs. She will become more important in upcoming books in the series. There is still plenty of Lucy and her fiery relationship with Nicholas, and we see the other members of the Drake family as well. So that was all good.
Isabeau's murderer who left her buried alive has allied with Montmartre, giving her plenty reasons to ally with the Drake family, even though her Hounds and their vampire security aren't happy with the arrangement. Add in the attempt to get a treaty between the Helios-Ra and the 'good' vampires and there is a lot of mistrust, leading to isolated attacks on each other, which adds some nice tension to the plot.
Again we have the menace of the Hel-Blar, the most dangerous kind of vampire, and they make several battle appearances which I always enjoy. There is a lot of action in the books where the Drake brothers fight to protect themselves, their parents, their sister and their allies. These scenes are always well written and exciting, and sometimes action takes place in more than one place at a time which adds some nice chaos into the equation.
This is another solid story from the Drake Chronicles series. The plots are interesting, the characters are all well written and developed and everything flows along at a nice pace. I'm not generally a fan of romance in my vampire books but in this series the romance is light, fun and never gets in the way of the plot. Very enjoyable!