At the start of this second installment of the Valorian Chronicles, there has been another murder similar to the ones that happened before in Necroplis (Blood Secrets); only this time the body was found in San Antonio. Otherworld Crime Unit (OCU) has been called in since the crime scene matches their old case; Cain takes himself, Eve, Lyra and Jace with him. This is the first time the OCU team has worked outside of their city, other than Eve (who is human); Jace has very strong feelings about working with the humans due to his past history with them and did not want to go.
When they arrived at the crime scene they were met with fear and animosity from the local police, except for Captain Morales, Eve's old boss. The crime scene not only looks similar as the ones in Necroplis but feels the same too; Jace smelled the same smell and Lyra was able to âseeâ the same magical signature. All of which makes them wonder, since they thought they had caught the person responsible.
When Captain Morales introduced one of their local police escorts to them Tala Channing, Jace had an interesting reaction, but did not realize it was due to her. Tala had read up on the OCU and each of the members, and knew that Jace was a lycan. Because of her past, he was the one member of the team she wanted the least to deal with; even though she was having some strange feelings to the contrary.
The officers from both cities will have to overcome their prejudices and work together in order to solve this case. Will team be able to hunt down the real killer before it is too late? How will Jace react to Tala's secret and will it get in the way of them solving the case?
Praise again for Vivi Anna! Once again she was able to write in her smooth style, bringing us back characters from the previous book and introduced new characters seemingly effortlessly. Fans of mystery and suspense will find this story appealing, as will fans of paranormal and urban fantasy. I really enjoy the world she has written and can not wait until the next book comes out. Thanks for continuing the story line and proving once again why you are on my must read list!
Tala Channing, the human cop working with the Others - werewolves, vampires and witches - has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. However her intense reaction to werewolf Jace Jericho just might be her undoing. Jace is feeling something for this human and he's confused - he hates humans. The interplay between them is exciting and entertaining. And the ongoing mystery of the serial killer is interesting and violent.