“I am a killer and I answer to no one, I am my own woman, my own kingdom, and I am afraid of nothing.”
She's been marked as a wanted woman. Some want her dead and others alive, but no one asked her what she wanted. Before Darian knew it she'd become embroiled in a war with supernatural races she had no idea existed. Having thought for many years that she was the only one of any kind, Darian struggles to comprehend what a Shaede really is and why she was purposefully left in the dark about it. Her only ally is a fellow assassin who keeps her scheduled with appointments to do that which must be done with the scum of the earth. Darian believes all bad guys get theirs in the end regardless of if they are the ones hiring her services or on the hit list and she might as well get paid doing it. However, Darian has her standards and will refuse assignments that involve the innocent. Anyone else is fair game, but her next mark might be her last as she discovers the King of Shaedes won't be an easy kill.
“I was too hard, too cynical, and too deadly for soft emotion and affection. I was fire and passion, but not love.”
Darian starts the story with all the confidence of a woman who knows who and what she is if only to guard her vulnerabilities, which makes her a frustrating, but loveable character. Its as the storyline progresses where Darian is forced to change and then eventually comes to terms with it in her own somewhat snarky way. I very much enjoyed the depth of the plotline and how twisted in that “nothing is as it seems” sort of way. The whole Shaedes concept along with all the other fantastical supernaturals we meet along the way is incredibly engrossing. As the series continues I anticipate there to be much more to learn about these otherworldly inhabitants of Seattle and most especially Darian as she grows into her role and truly begins to learn what she is. The two leading men vying for Darian's heart, Tyler and Xander, create lots of romantic tension for Darian to work through and either of them are alpha enough to handle her, but only one can win.
Readers should be prepared for a one of a kind, exciting adventure that kicks off from the first page with a heroine who truly knows how to take the lead and kick-butt while she's at it. Urban Fantasy readers will want to buy this book.
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.
When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...