When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
I tried really hard to like this one as I have been a GhostWalker fan for years but I just couldn’t get past Wyatt’s behaviour. This one ought to have been a kick-ass book as Wyatt Fortenot had proven himself a cool secondary character in Night Game. This time round he claims the seductive Pepper and the three cute but deadly infants that she cares for.
Most well-bred 19th century ladies would have an attack of vapours if their financial prospects suddenly turned bad but Ophelia Flax and Prue Bright are American actresses rather than ladies and are made of sterner stuff. Ophelia wheedles jobs as maids for them in a fantastical Black Forest castle complete with Snow White’s cottage. Things take a turn for the worst when their employer’s husband is poisoned and Prue becomes the main suspect.
Jessica McClain is special. She’s the only female werewolf in existence and her mere presence is enough to send the wolves into a frothing frenzy. A mercenary hunts her down but he’s hot so Jessica decides being rescued isn’t in her best interests. Cue some cheesy dialogue and the kind of plot we’ve seen time and time again.
Sherry Crane gets drawn into the Immortal world when the perky Stephanie, mini-matchmaker in the making, tried to escape the big bad Leonius. When Sherry and Basil are informed they are both life partners, they don’t query it or get to spend much time together without the Argeneau bunch interfering.
Makenna aka Mac left her life as a seedy tabloid journalist behind to become North America’s only seer for SPI (a kind of Men in Black for supernatural creatures instead of aliens). A few gruesome murders sets the team off after a Grendel who intends to reveal the existence of supernatural creatures at Times Square’s New Years Eve celebrations.
Audrey Bloom once again finds herself in the midst of a murder. She’s been hired to design bouquets for a bell crazy bride on wedding reality tv show (try saying that three times fast). It ought to be a great opportunity for the store but the hosts are nowhere near as nice as they appear on camera. Audrey isn’t exactly surprised when the most obnoxious one is murdered but decides to intervene when her ex, Brad, becomes a suspect.
Jodi just wants to live quietly and pay of the debt that her dirtbag ex racked up. Unfortunately for her, her next door neighbour is Danny Bradford and the only thing he wants, apart from inhaling large quantities of food, is to drive her crazy. In Bradford-land this means she’s a keeper.
Savannah Cavenaugh is a rare creature indeed. Her ability to morph into a dragon helps with her day job, a thief that specialises in moving big objects. She jumps at the opportunity to steal a priceless artefact and cement her name as one of the best in the business even though it means going up against Lord Relobu, the dragon lord of North America.
Owl, international antiquities thief extraordinaire, lives by one motto – no supernatural jobs, ever. She unfortunately catches the attention of a red dragon called Mr Kurasawa who makes her an offer she can’t refuse. All she has to do is find a rare object that has been missing for 3000 years and in return, she gets to live. Simple, right?