Smith's second book in her vampire series pits vampire hunter against vampire in a battle of wills that's as old as time and a romance reader's fantasy come true. Powerful, emotional, chilling and passionate, Smith's novel hits the mark with strong writing and the kind of clever plotting that makes her books stand out.

He's the known as Bishop; she is Marika the vampire huntress, his greatest enemy. Her life has been dedicated to killing vampires. After 600 years as a vampire, Bishop has met a unique woman -- a halfling vampire whose hatred for his kind supersedes her need to understand her dark side. Hired to capture Bishop, Marika holds him prisoner. But he becomes her savior when he rescues her from the man who hired her.

Torn between what she has always believed about the blood-lusting night devils and her newfound passion for Bishop, Marika delves within to discover her true nature, what love can be and how to survive what the secret society, the Order of the Silver Palm, has in store for Bishop, his friends and herself. (Avon, Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin