Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Book Two in a Four Book Series. The wizards and the vampires have forged an alliance based on blood and magic, hoping to turn the tide of the war against the dark wizards. A few wizard-vampire bonds are as successful as Alain Magnier’s and Orlando St. Clair’s, but some are much less so, leading to arguments, resentment, and outright fights between the allies despite their mutual goals. Following his best friend Alain’s example, Thierry Dumont determinedly forms a partnership with vampire Sebastien Noyer, despite the wizard’s discomfort with being so close to a vampire a man so soon after his wife’s death. But they find that desperation may be the key to forming a covenant that works: Thierry and Sebastien are almost immediately devoted to one another’s safety. With new strength behind it, the Alliance’s leaders move to announce its existence to the whole world, hoping to rally support against the dark wizards who threaten to destroy life as they know it. Struggling to find its way in the expanding war, the Alliance discovers that despite its advantages, the partnerships are affecting the balance of magical power in the world, which may be an even bigger threat than the war itself.
This book didn’t grab me quite as much as the first in the series, it seemed a little long for the progress that was made within the alliance. It was also difficult sometimes to work out whose POV you were reading. For me personally there were just too many characters to keep track of and I found myself getting a little lost with who was doing what and where.
Having said that I am still enjoying the series and looking forward to the rest of the books.
The dark wizards are still intent on causing mayhem and bringing war but with the good wizards and the vampires forming an allegiance through blood the tide is slowly turning in their favour. The more wizards and vampires that become pairs the more knowledge comes to light about how the bond works and the benefits, even if it is mostly by trial and error. The biggest bonus so far is still the ability for the vampires to go out in sunlight thus increasing the troops day and night.
Orlando and Alain are very different from the rest having made an old vampire bond to stay together for eternity. In Orlando’s case this was probably a bit rash as he still lives with the demons associated to his abuse and torture from a century ago. Their relationship jumps around a lot from being perfect to being strained and seemed quite repetitive at times.
The other two main pairs are Sebastian and Thierry who are both bullish and getting over past losses and Jean and Raymond who had a very bad start but who are gradually better able to work together and are growing closer. Due to the large number of pairings the book follows there are also MF and FF vampires and wizards included.
As this book concludes the wizards are dealing with a glitch in the elemental magic that causes what we would consider natural disasters and the vampires are about to invite more members to join the alliance. It will be interesting to see what happens to Jean, the vampire leader, in book 3 when he finds a part of his life has been infiltrated and what that will mean for him and Raymond.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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