Marc and Julie are vampires (and have always been so), as well as being twins. Raised in isolation from other vampires, other than Conrad and Damian, they do not realize how rare or unusual they are. Called to San Francisco to finally see Conrad’s home, the twins unwittingly walk into a mystery with potentially deadly consequences to them and the “nest” of vampires. Conrad is missing, and while Damian is keeping this fact hidden from the others he is running out of time to find Conrad. Marc and Julie’s help is needed, but this brings its own dangers.
The Twins have very different personalities. Marc has fought against being a vampire his entire life. Forced to now face up to it he begins to embrace his destiny and must come to terms with the very desires he has fought against. Though Julie has loved being a vampire, she has only seen the advantages and never thought about the disadvantages. The search for Conrad means she must face those disadvantages and finally see the sometimes deadly side of being a vampire.
Daimian and Armand have both been Conrad’s lovers at different times through the centuries. Slightly jealous of each other and each living with different guilt, they both really only want what is best for Conrad but cannot see this. Damian is desperate to find Conrad before the nest realizes he is missing. Armand is suspicious that something is up but is not sure what. The two men cannot see past their individual pasts with Conrad and their jealousy of each other to trust and work together. This conflict is never resolved in this story.
I quite enjoyed this story for the unique angle it has taken with the twins. The reason I have only given it a 3.5 is the unfinished feeling to the ending. There are several strands that felt like they should have been investigated further but were left dangling. It was not clear if there is going to be a sequel, and this possibly adds to the feeling of frustration I felt at the end wanting to know, but what about? The twins were a nicely balanced contrast, though, and well-written characters.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-60504-695-2
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Books in the Children of Night series in the order they should be read:
In the Dark