The second in Priest’s series explores the nature of vampire politics and the house system, providing some much needed grounding for the series. Raylene continues to be a typical heroine, kicking butt while surrounded by eccentric sidekicks. The two plotlines have little relation to each other, requiring the author to manufacture a coincidence or two to bring things together at the end. Those who like readable action with engaging characters will enjoy Raylene’s adventures.
Vampire Raylene Pendle, having ditched the federal agents who were after her, gets back to her true vocation as a master thief. She accepts a commission from longtime associate Horace Bishop to steal a box of magical bones from its owner, resulting in a cross-country chase. Meanwhile, her blind housemate, Ian, has problems of his own: his father has been murdered by the vampires of the powerful Atlanta house, leaving Ian heir to his father’s house, a job that could kill him if Raylene can’t find a solution. (SPECTRA, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)