Two hundred years ago, Epiphany was reborn a vampire. Sired by Renata, the Queen of the Rosso Lussuria, Epiphany willingly played the role of the queen’s beloved pet—until she was cast from Renata’s bed and lost her protection from the Elder vampires.
Epiphany has done her best not to become a target, trying to remain as inconspicuous as possible, like a long-forgotten memory huddling beneath the mantle of Vasco’s power, her one true friend among the Rosso Lussuria. Now Renata has called Epiphany forth to face the challenges ahead that could elevate her clan status to the ranks of an Elder. But Epiphany has few friends and many enemies, and the chances of surviving the challenges are slim.
Surrounded by harsh vampire politics and secret ambitions, Epiphany learns that an old enemy is plotting treason against the woman she once loved, and to save all she holds dear, she must embrace and form an alliance with the dark.
I will admit I have a peculiar fondness for vampires. It’s been difficult is seeing the genre devolve into sparkly teen morality stories. Writing about vampires is hard, there’s a line between deadly-sexy and gruesome-unsexy and it seems everyone’s boundary is different. This story won’t be for everyone, but I liked this story quite a bit. It created a back story, not just for the character but for the existence of vampires without smothering us with ancient history. It gave us peeks at the politicking and power struggle and wrapped it into a nice sexy violent package. I can’t wait for the sequel.