Adia Vida is proud of her family’s distinguished heritage, realizing that she will be the one to carry on the work of defending humanity against the vampire race. Unfortunately, Adia’s worst fears have come true — her sister and dearest friend, Sarah, has been turned by two vampires, acquaintances from school that Sarah was strongly attracted to. Their mother, Dominique, the head of the Vida clan, has called together the entire family, and has issued an edict that Sarah is to be killed. Adia, along with several others, is not entirely comfortable with Dominique’s proclamation, but they recognize they must follow her direction. The first thing they need to do, however, is locate Sarah.
Confused and frightened, Sarah clings to Nikolas and Kristopher, unsure of her place in this new world. No longer a Vida, and knowing that her own mother has issued an order for her death, Sarah is certain that turning herself in, allowing the family to terminate her undead existence, would be the best for all concerned. Sarah does not expect that her intended sacrifice will escalate the existing conflict and bring the fight between witch and vampire to a violent conclusion.
I enjoyed the continuing conflict between the Vida line and the vampire race, and appreciated Adia’s courage in accepting the role her mother assigned to her, though she wanted nothing more than to save her sister. The bond between Adia and Sarah was very strong, and seeing the two women working from opposite sides towards the same outcome was interesting. The characters were believable, the descriptions clear and easy to imagine, and my attention was captured from the very beginning.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385737521
- ISBN-13: 978-0385737524