Continuing her hot streak, spellbinding author Shannon Drake provides the next episode in her intense and riveting saga of vampires.

Book critic Jordan Riley is enamored and faintly frightened by the ancient city of Venice. She is in town visiting her cousin Jared and Jared's wife, Cindy.

It is Carnivale time and Jared's employer, Nari, the Contessa della Trieste, is throwing an exclusive masquerade party. However, during the party Jordan is separated from Jared and witnesses a horrific blood bath, where vampires start killing guests.

From out of the night comes a man dressed in a wolf's costume, who whisks Jordan out of danger. Later, when she reports the events to the police, no one believes her. Frustrated, Jordan is not about to let the matter drop.

Danger, evil and death are circling, waiting for their next victim -- will it be Jordan?

(Sep., 448 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith