Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and with this ninth and final Anna Strong Vampire novel, award-winner Stein finishes up powerfully by delivering both high-stakes drama and truly satisfying closure for fans of this amazing heroine. Characterization is a Stein specialty, and the introduction of a mesmerizing new vampire in this book is Exhibit A. Anna’s journey of self-discovery has been rocky and her relationship history pretty abysmal, but Anna has learned from her mistakes and that growth culminates in this emotionally charged novel.
Following the death of her ex-lover Max, the fragility of life is driven home to Anna for the first time since becoming a vampire. Determined not to make another mistake, Anna and shapeshifter Daniel Frey decide to cement their relationship. But their joy is tempered by the serious sudden illness of Anna’s mother. Anna, Daniel and young John-John fly to France to be with Anna’s mother, only to discover that vampire politics have followed them. Although Anna is the Chosen One, not all accept her status and at least one powerful vampire has dangerous plans that could affect all of humanity. (ACE, Sep., 304 pp., $7.99)