Still reeling from the destruction of the Luna Cult, and beleaguered on all sides with demands for her attention, Kat didn’t expect Sienna to appear on her doorstep
The imprisoned child of the angel Levi in his life-sucking prison town of Delai. Kat has been meaning to take down Delai for a long time – and even promised Sienna she would rescue her. Sienna provides not only someone to protect, but finally a key to get Kat back into Delai
But she cannot go back as a vampire – the only way to get back into Levi’s world is as a human.
I think that the author is recognising that there are too many ongoing threads in Kat’s life. There are two master vampires both with an interest in Kat, one of which is using her as a personal assassin. There’s Adrian and his odd pack of wolves. There’s the Luna Cult. And there’s the ongoing issue of the angel Levi in Delai who Kat still has to deal with. It’s a lot and it’s starting to pull the books apart – so threads are being snipped. Last book we saw the Luna Cult be reduced a lot and this book built on it turning it more into a personal relationship between Kat and than making it another major plot thread; which I quite liked (not least of which because the tension between them has long since needed resolving).
This book Kat deals with Delai, setting another plot thread firmly to bed, as well as making it clear the other major plots are going to be stepping to the fore in the next book. I like it – there’s a sense of everything being handled rather than perpetuating the constant feeling of being overwhelmed
The story in Delai isn’t as action packed as the past books – and that’s ok. It lets us see another side of Kat (through her transformation) and see a different way of resolving problems beyond Kat being so super dangerous that it doesn’t matter. Again, this is something that was touched on in the last book and has been expanded upon so much here; yes Kat is dangerous – very very dangerous indeed – but being dangerous isn’t a surefire way to solve every problem. The pacing was decent, perhaps a little world building absorbed in places, but it moved pretty well. And yes, there was a much quicker way to resolve things but I like the development that came with the long way round.
Having Kat stop being a vampire was also an excellent moment to address her character and some of the problems I’ve had with her before. In the first few books of this series I complained a lot that Kat wasn’t a character – she was a walking avatar of vampiric rage. She was incapable of having a conversation, she snapped, she snarled and every action basically boiled down to “stab it until it stops moving”. She was impossible to connect to because she wasn’t a character – she was rabies in human form. It was only in the fourth book that she finally started getting a handle on her raging emotion. This book allowed us to see Kat without the vampire-berserker template AND showed us a normal, very sweet, gentle human suddenly become a vampire and becoming a frothing hunger-and-rage machine which added some excellent context to her past characterisation. No, her rage isn’t her character nor is it an asset – it’s a curse and part of the vampire condition