This was a pretty damn good read. It had a lot of elements that I enjoy in books all rolled into one. Vampires, good and bad wizards at war, blood bonds and a little violence.
The story takes place in Paris and is told from multiple POVs. You basically have the good wizards, Milice de Sorcellerie, at war with the dark wizards, Serrier’s rebel or dark wizards. The good guys patrol the city protecting it from the dark wizards. The struggle is getting bigger and if the good guys have a chance to win the war they will have to form an alliance with the vampires. There have been so many stories throughout time about vampires and they all seem to paint a very scary picture causing most wizards and humans to view them with contempt. They are thought to be animals and the lowest of the supernatural beings. Vampires have no protection from harm or prejudice though they live in the city side by side with humans and wizards.
The good guys Commanding General, Mercel, decides to have any chance of defeating the dark wizards he needs help from the vampires. He contacts the vampire’s leader, Jean, and they set up a meeting. He sends one of his men, Alain, to meet a vampire at the cemetery in the middle of the night alone. They have to be discreet because there are spies everywhere. Alain is determined to make the alliance to win the war but he doesn’t expect the strong pull he feels to the mysterious creature he meets.
Orlando is sent to find out what the wizards wish to discuss. He knows they want something or they wouldn’t be contacting Jean. When he finds out they wish them to fight along-side the wizards in the war he is skeptical because of the way vampires are treated as less than in society. He demands the wizards bring up legislation to protect the vampire’s rights in exchange for them fighting with them. Alain agrees immediately and to determine the wizard’s honesty he requests a sample of his blood. He finds Alain’s intentions to be true through his blood but he also feels something he has never felt before. The two agree to take the terms to their leaders and meet the next night. Both men are consumed by the intimate moment of the feeding. Instead of shaking over the deal struck the next night Alain offers his blood again. It’s through the second feeding the two give into their lust for each other through a kiss. They also find there is something much more going on between them.
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