A tragic, youthful mistake cost vampire Fleur Dumont her rightful place as head of the Crimson City Vampire Assembly. Instead, her two half-brothers hold the position. But that soon changes when their section of the city is invaded and her brothers are killed.

Human Dain Reston works for B- Ops, handling intelligence and strategic defense to keep the peace between humans, vampires and werewolves. In Crimson City, vampires rule the skies, humans the ground and werewolves the underground. An uneasy truce currently holds, but when the Dumont vampires are attacked, all bets are off.

For Fleur, taking control while finding out the truth about her brothers' deaths is daunting. She doesn't want to jump to conclusions and start a war. Working with Dain may be her best option, but as deaths on both sides start to mount, they both know that time is running out.

Maverick provides an intense tale with complex characters to kick off a new series set in an original, dark and fascinating world. (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith