*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
*This review may contain spoilers for Book 1 in the series.*
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on continuing this series. I had a lot of issues with the first book. But I was also intrigued by a lot of things in the first book. So when the mood to read this one struck almost exactly a year after reading the first one, I decided to read it. I try to just go with my reading moods and not question them.
But the problem with this book, much like the first, was that Txema was one of the most unlikeable and self-centered protagonists I’ve ever read about. When the vampire king asked how she liked her accommodations, in front of all the other vampires as well as the Chinese vampire emperor who was doing them a favor by hosting them, instead of just being gracious, she said they were only decent and complained about not having all the TV channels. She felt betrayed by Peter and Racco, calling them self-centered and thinking of them as deserters, despite the fact that she was cheating or going to cheat on Peter in Book 1; not to mention, the whole reason they weren’t there with her was because they wouldn’t have been safe. She constantly blamed her attraction to men and the fact that she cheated/nearly cheated (can’t remember exactly what happened) on magic or alchemy or anything but her own self. She led Garvan on, knowing she didn’t feel the same way he did. She was also judgmental.
And don’t even get me started on all the reasons Peter deserved someone so much better than her (thankfully they weren’t still in a relationship in this book). In Book 1, he was held in a dungeon while Txema was gallivanting around with Racco and barely even sparing a moment to consider whether Peter and her friends were alive or dead. Peter then had sex with her in front of hundreds of vampires because it was what Txema needed him to do even though it made him uncomfortable, and he wasn’t even her first choice to be the father despite the fact that he was her boyfriend. And one of the things I mentioned in my review of Book 1 was that, even right at the start of the book, it seemed like Txema was only using Peter as a stand-in boyfriend until she could find someone better. But then her feelings toward him in this book seemed all over the place, not seeming to care about him one moment, the next moment thinking about how she was still in love with him and would’ve married him if all this vampire stuff hadn’t happened.
Txema did, however, at least seem to make some better decisions in this book. She still made a few bad ones, but not quite like in the first book. And she managed to show some maturity at times, like when it came to learning from her elders and respecting the culture at the village in Nepal she stayed at for a while. And while she may not have been concerned about Peter’s or Racco’s safety, she was at least concerned about her daughter’s.
Aside from Txema’s character, the book wasn’t bad. I thought there was a bit of a logic flaw in the fact that Txema was only in danger at night (I’m sure Ralu would’ve had human supporters to look for her during the day), and there still too many exclamation points and a slightly unnatural feeling to some of the dialogue, but the story was somewhat unpredictable, there were some interesting and complex backstory/relationships revealed, and the writing flowed well enough.
So, to summarize, the plot was enjoyable to read about, but I just can’t deal with Txema’s self-centeredness, and for that reason, I just don’t see myself continuing the series.
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