Cecily’s mother has died, and Cecily has inherited a magic business back in her hometown, so it looks like it’s finally time to get off the road and settle down. When she returns to New Forest, however, she can feel right away that something is seriously off.
Cecily discovers that people, especially the magic born, have been disappearing, or worse, being found dead — and the police don’t seem to care. There also seems to be a shadow over the place, and it’s not the usual trace of the local vampire overlord. There’s a strange dark power in the forest; her old lover, the Fae prince Grieve, has different eyes and warns her off; her aunt disappears and is believed to be a blood slave at best; and Cecily herself is forced into service to the vampires. Every day brings more bad news, but Cecily will not abandon her friends and family, she will not run away. She is going to fight for her aunt, for Grieve, for her forest. She must find the strength in her spirit to battle this ancient, evil enthrallment. (JOVE, Jul., 336 pp., $7.99)