Hendee’s gripping series fifth is a thriller that stands on its own. Delving into the fascinating world of vampires, their past and their psyches, it’s simply engrossing. The characters are very well written, with a realistic voice and depth that makes them distinctive. If you find complex psychology more interesting than the usual overdone sex drive most vampires seem to have, this series is for you.

Vampire Eleisha has learned to live without killing humans. Seeking to teach other vampires the same peaceful existence, she travels with her protector, Philip, and human friend, Wade, to find others and offer sanctuary. Julian, a sadistic vampire, stalks Eleisha. His rage against the elders of his race explodes, as he kills those he finds, always keeping Eleisha under watch. Eleisha must now confront her deadliest foe, or lose everything she cares about. (ROC, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes