Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 12th book in the Chicagoland Vampire series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 2/5 stars
“Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.
With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…
In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…”
This is the 12th book in the Chicagoland Vampire series and I think it’s time for this series to be over. By and large this story was just boring. It was very predictable and very ho hum. I thought the previous book in the series was a bit better, but overall this series is starting to feel tired to me…
Again the big baddy in this book is The Circle, an anti-vampire group in Chicago headed by Adrien Reed. This enemy has felt contrived and forced from the start.
At first I was excited that it looked like this was going to have some interesting discussion of Alchemy in it. However, it wasn’t all that interesting. Ethan and Merit remain a sturdy couple; there are a couple good scenes between them. However, Ethan has gone all uber alpha male on Merit and has somehow forgotten that her job is to protect him. It was frustrating.
I am just trying to find something awesome to say about this book and struggling. I enjoyed that Mallory was in the story more; her crass sexual comments and in your face attitude were the best part of the story. We do get to learn about the vampire who originally attacked Merit was…which was again disappointingly…well disappointing.
Overall not impressed. Everything about this book was just..okay. Mostly it’s boring and predictable; I honestly struggled to keep from falling asleep multiple times while reading this book. I am struggling with this review just because the whole book was so non-commental. This was an interesting urban fantasy series that should have stopped with either book 9 or 10. Things have been going steadily downhill since then. My overwhelming feeling at the end of this book was…”eh…I just don’t care anymore…”