To Walk the Night, the excellent first installment in the Kat Redding series, takes place in a world where humans now live in constant fear of vampires, where they may end up as blood servants or blood slaves. Kat Redding, a vampire assassin sworn to protect human Purebloods, metes out justice to her own kind and to werewolves who kill and subjugate humans. Kat, turned against her will during the Uprising, vows to wipe out the vampire Houses that commit the worst offenses, and in doing so, has earned herself the name of Lady Death. Only one person knows her true identity: her human friend and housemate, Ethan.
Returning home after cleaning out a vampire House, Kat gets the type of surprise she dreads – an intruder in her home, a member of the Luna Cult, humans who revere werewolves. While holding a knife to Ethan’s throat, the man explains that he has a message for Kat – an invitation to his den. Though she feels sick about her actions afterward, when Kat regains control of the situation, she executes the man who had invaded her sacrosanct space, the only way she can keep her identity secret and Ethan safe. Despite her reservations, Kat decides to visit the werewolf den to speak to their leader, and what she finds surprises her. Jonathan, leader of the den with a connection to Kat’s past, seeks her help in destroying a vampire House that wants to take over the Luna Cult.
Moore effectively captures Kat’s feelings of desperation and despair as she seeks to navigate a world that feels alien to her yet has become a reality – a world she determines to fight the bleakness of in order to set things right. Her strained yet touching relationship with her friend and colleague, Ethan, adds poignancy to both the story and Kat’s character. The depiction of this chilling post-apocalyptic setting full of menace sucks the reader in through both its atmosphere and tone to make them feel as though they are there. This reviewer very much looks forward to book two in the series, Tainted Night, Tainted Blood.
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758268726
- ISBN-13: 978-0758268723