Draig-Uisge is Druid Patrick Lewis' title, and his calling. In one terrible moment, Patrick's destiny becomes all too clear when demons methodically murder his parents. With her dying breath, Patrick's mother tells him to find the Cambodian woman known as the Phoenix Tear, because only with her blood and his powers can humans hope to seal the gate that is currently wide open between Earth and the demon world of Orcus.

Twenty years ago, when she was a child, Xiao Fei was part of a group of women whose hemophiliac blood was used to seal a mystical gate in Cambodia. Xiao Fei was the sole survivor and, although she knows the demons are hunting her, she doubts her blood alone can stop them. Therefore, Xiao Fei is not about to accept Patrick's wild assertion that, with Druid magic, sex and blood the two of them can save the world. But with hordes of demons on their trail, they might not get the chance to test the theory.

The fifth book in the always inventive and high-octane Crimson Series roars ahead at full steam. Times are dire, and the protagonists in this paranormal adventure have much to lose. Up-and-comer Lee showcases her talent for the paranormal as she deftly blends action and romance with the eerie. Brava! (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith