Brilliant plastic surgeon Alexandra Keller runs up against a patient who won't take no for an answer. When she refuses to fly to New Orleans to treat reclusive millionaire Michael Cyprien, he arranges for her to be kidnapped. Alex is horrified when she first sees Michael—he has no face.

Michael is one of the Darkyn, or vampires. He was caught and tortured by a sect of renegade priests called the Brethren. Because of his rapid regeneration, unless a surgeon can work quickly, the healing will take place before the surgery is complete. But after Alex successfully operates on Michael, he loses control and nearly kills her. That Alex takes some of Michael's blood and survives makes her most unique—so unique that both the Brethren and other Darkyn want to get their hands on her.

A new vampire world is launched in major dramatic style. Viehl populates this gritty and dangerous world with characters that are dark, driven and emotionally complex. Keep your eye on this one. (Apr., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith