This is the continuation of a story but it can be read without having read the beginning. That sounds strange but it is as if each section of this story can stand alone but each section will also draw you into a world of vampires, magic users and goddesses. There is also corruption and betrayal within an organization that is dedicated to keeping the peace. This story is more fantasy than romance though there is definitely romantic feelings between Clive and Rowan. But, they are already married. However, their lives will change and the world as they know it will too. Though I haven’t read a single book in this series, I was quickly involved in what was happening and how it intertwined with what had gone on before. The characters are terrific, unique and fun. The world that has been built is complex and with rules. I really enjoyed this story and plan to go back and start at the beginning. While I don’t think that will increase how much I enjoyed this story, I just want to spend more time with this world.
Rowan has arrived in London before her new husband, Clive. She plans on looking into some things at Hunter Corp but instead finds her new mother-in-law standing at her door wanting her to go out to parties. Rowan can’t figure out how such a creature could have birthed Clive but she’s trying to play nice. When not dealing with Clive’s mother, Rowan is investigating what is going on with Hunter Corp. Someone is doing their best to destroy the peace the corporation was developed to keep. It’s not going to take long before Rowan’s true nature comes out and people are going to die!
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Raised at the knee of The First and honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, she wields ancient knowledge from the Goddess Brigid…and is newly married to a powerful Vampire scion.
Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. A war that would only hurt the weakest and destabilize the world as we know it.
It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry—people try to kill her all the time—as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world, and Rowan knows it’s a challenge to support her the way she needs while not being too much or not enough.
The organization that gave her a purpose, a home, roots and a path when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her. Now, instead of on a much-anticipated honeymoon, Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top.
Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She'll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.