Caris Roane introduces us to a world of winged vampires, multi-dimensional Earth and humans with larger than life powers.
Alison Wells is your everyday psychiatrist, except she is not ordinary at all. She is a human with inhuman powers. She leads a lonely and solitary life, as her powers have the ability to hurt people. She hasn’t had a relationship in three years after a deadly fiasco with a human male, whom she almost killed. Now her life is in danger. Enter Kerrick, a warrior and a vampire.
Kerrick has sworn off love and marriage after the deaths of his beloved wife and children. He does not take up guardian duty for women, but his boss Endel has entrusted him to save the beautiful Alison. What’s more, the moment he meets Alison he is bombarded with lust and uncharted feelings for her. For a guy who has sworn off love, Kerrick is struck with the breh-hedden, the mate-bond. Alison is his breh, a.k.a mate.
Alison, being an ascendiate, has three days to answer her call of ascension and be incorporated as a citizen of Second Earth. The whole falling in love happens in these three days. Looked at it like this, their relationship seems rushed. But so much happened in those three days – there were numerous attempts at Alison’s life and much action was packed into those three days that it felt like a lifetime had passed.
There is also this constant reference to scents; lavender and cardamom. Breh-hedden couples give out unique scents to their partners. So Alison smells like lavender and Kerrick like cardamom. At first it was irritating to find Kerrick constantly referring to Alison’s lavender smell, but after a while you get used to it.
It took me quite a while to get into this book. Initially it did not grip me as I thought it would. But the story picked up a little before it reached midway. It was a good combination of action and romance.
One thing I liked about this book is that along with the fantasy element of winged vampires with larger than life abilities, there was also a mix of sci-fi. The Earth is divided into different dimensions. There is the Mortal Earth where the humans live and then there is the Second Earth where vampires reside. There also have been references to the Third Earth and Sixth Earth. The Earth is all the same, same places, but with different and novel dimensions.
I liked pretty much all the characters I met and am curious about them. I liked the book enough to continue the series but not enough that I can’t wait for the next book. A decent read.