Rosalia hasn’t had an easy life. As a child, her father was taken over by a demon. Her mother, finally giving up trying to leave him, killed herself. Rosalia spent much of her childhood trying to protect her younger brother, Lorenzo. Little did she know that as an adult their father would convince Lorenzo into becoming a vampire and on of his first tests was to kill Rosalia! Actually, Rosalia was given the choice her life or the lives of all in the abbey that she called home. Rosalia chose herself and that act gave her the opportunity to become a Guardian.
Guardians protect humans. One can only become a Guardian if they are killed protecting someone else from a demon or vampire. They were considered angels so now they try to blend in, hiding their wings and taking on the appearance of modern life.
Deacon used to be a chaplain. Then, he became a boxer. Finally, he became a vampire and rose to lead a community. That is until he was given all bad choices by a demon and his community was killed. He also betrayed friends and is currently considered an outcast. Yet, instead of seeking the sun and its killing rays, Deacon is after revenge.
What Deacon doesn’t know is Rosalia has a plan. One, that involves Deacon and if it works, Deacon will be the head of the vampires in all of Europe. If it doesn’t, it won’t really matter as the demons will rule. To compound Rosalia’s plan, Taylor, the doyen of the Guardians, is possessed by Michael, the former doyen, and Michael is out to kill Deacon. Michael’s sister had her own agenda going and to make everything work, Rosalia is going to have to have all of her children killed! Oh and to round everything out, Rosalia’s son is getting married within days of everything happening.
This book is a continuation of Ms. Brooks Guardian series. While it would be better to read in order, it can be read without having read the previous books but parts may not be as clear. One very nice thing about this particular book is there is a history of how the Guardians were formed in the beginning, which does clarify some of the details.
Because this is a continuation of a story many of the characters and situations are already in place when this story starts. This means there is a lot of back-story. Most of this back-story is given a brief mention before it moves on. There is enough that you have a general idea of what’s happening but not a full explanation. If you need all the details to enjoy a story, start at the beginning of this series. If not, you will have enough detail to enjoy this story, just not all the nitty gritty.
Deacon and Rosalia are well-developed characters. Both have been introduced in previous books but in this one their true personalities are really brought forth. How they originally met is described. Rosalia has had Deacon in her sights a lot longer than Deacon realizes. While Rosalia may think she knows and understands Deacon, she learns quickly that she can’t control everything. Deacon resents the control and manipulation that Rosalia does. Can he see that she does it for love or will he just think that’s another way she manipulates?
Several other characters from previous books make appearances in this one. A few have fairly major roles such as Taylor. These characters become more complex than they originally were presented. For the most part, this is natural and normal growth due to the new roles that they have been forced into.
More than just another book about good verses evil, this book has a wonderful love story. Rosalia has always been attracted to Deacon but has never had the opportunity to act on that attraction. She’s spent most of her life as a Guardian keeping her brother contained. Deacon has never looked at Rosalia. He doesn’t even really remember the first time they met! With her working her master plan to rid the world of demons and nephilim, Deacon isn’t sure what his real role is in Rosalia’s life. Will he figure it out before it’s too late?
I really enjoy Ms. Brook’s Guardian series. Its complex world is unique and fun. There are always a lot of things going on but not so much that you can’t follow what is happening. Her characters are well rounded and real. Things don’t always go as planned and the plot twists are excellent. Each book carries what is happening a little further but each also has a wonderful love story that is rich and sensual.
Yes, sex happens but not for the sake of sex. There are emotional ties between the characters. The sex develops out of the relationship, not the relationship out of the sex.
As usual, this book ended before I was ready to leave the Guardians and their world. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I missed some of the original characters in this book so I can only hope to see them in the next. And I know there will be a next and many more next, I hope. After all, Ms. Brook can’t leave Michael hanging out in hell forever, can she?