Ashley creates a fascinating night world populated by complex characters. Edward's tortured conscience makes him a dark hero. However, Kelly pales in comparison, and the unequal nature of their relationship generates some doubt as to whether theirs is a love for eternity.
Vampire hunter Edward Ramsey becomes the creature he most despises when his arch-nemesis Grigori Chiavari gives him the "Dark Gift." Now Edward is haunted by his thirst for blood, especially that of Kelly Anderson.
Just when she thought there was nothing to live for, Kelly was rescued by an "angel." Both terrified and intrigued to learn the truth about Edward, she reluctantly agrees to his proposition: a home in return for companionship. But their growing friendship is soon threatened by an ancient female vampire who intends to make the city her own.
(Feb., 384 pp., $6.50)