In the explosive finale to New York Times best-selling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires'. In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.
For nearly 600 years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad's new bride against him.
A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila's closest friends against them and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
©2017 Jeaniene Frost (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Ok I normally love every book in this series and all the Night Huntress spin offs. This one however just had me confused. All of a sudden Ian has magical powers and knows how to cast spells? I would have been more into it had a even a hint of this been in the original series somewhere. I just couldn't get fully immersed into it. The first 2 I enjoyed a lot. This one...not so much. It was a bit to confusing to me.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story and conclusion to the series. I will say that I still love Vlad and Leila and I was so happy to see how things turned out for them.
Frost certainly came up with some twists in this story and there were a few moments when I was stunned and sure that what I read had to be a trick of some sort. Cat and Bones don't make an appearance in this story but Mencheres and Ian both do and there's a pretty serious setup for Ian's book (and maybe even a hint of who Ian ends up with...) that certainly perked my interest. Vlad and Leila were still great together, persevering even when things go off-kilter (particularly when Vlad over-steps things a bit). My only complaint was that the story seemed to falter slightly in the bad guy area (and maybe the Gretchen situation). When Szilagyi died at the end of book #3, I was happy that he was finally gone but Mircea wasn't a very good replacement, especially considering how his circumstances changed almost immediately. We're left with a somewhat unknown bad guy situation and a bit of confusion of what the heck was happening and who was trying to pull who's strings. The strings were still being pulled so don't think there was a lack of baddies doing stuff that caused Vlad and Leila drama and danger...there definitely was.
Regardless of the confusion over the bad guy situation, Leila, Vlad and their friends manage to work things out by the end, allowing them to proceed to a (hopefully less eventful) HEA together. The characters are still great and really sucked me into the story. The story was quick paced, interesting and kept me well engaged throughout....I'd definitely recommend the series. :D
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After waiting so long for this book, I have to say I was disappointed. I know Vlad is an angry dude but it just got to be too much with him constantly pissed off. Thank God for Ian. In my opinion, Ian was the only saving grace. And this is the first time Tavia Gilbert's narration got on my nerves...but I think that was due to Vlad's pissiness and Layla's ... well, I dont even know, but I found Layla annoying.
I listened to this book mostly in shock. I don't know if they've become extra awful or if I just didn't realize their true natures, but these people (vampire people) were jerks. They believed that being in love justified whatever they decided to do. Nobody outside their little bubble of two was safe. I don't even want to guess this book's body count. It's a good thing that this was the final book in the seeie because I was done with these hypocritical sociopaths regardless. Also, while I normally love Tavia Gilbert, her narration did nothing for me this time out. This book didn't work for me on any level.
I love all of the series but the Night Price by far are my favorite! This book was great and I love having Ian in it as a main character too! I am never disappointed other than being left wanting more!
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What should have been a fiery finish to Jeaniene Frost’s NIGHT PRINCE series was a bit of a dud. INTO THE FIRE was all about Ian which made Vlad & Leila the protagonists of this story in name only. Per an FAQ on the author’s website, there’s a spin-off in the works for the former, and I get the need to propagate that message, but this could have been done in a more tasteful manner rather than hijacking Dracula’s happily-ever-after.
I still got a fair amount of enjoyment out of this novel including some good laughs. We learn about the origins of the heroine’s powers, and Mencheres makes an appearance, although the shock factor in relation to his character was a bit of a joke because I didn’t believe for one second that that thing that happened actually did, there’s just no way. That being said, I did get a kick out of the male cast sprouting boobs and totally owning their glamoured disguises.
Vlad & Leila’s fairy tale ending lacked passion—the token sex scene notwithstanding—there were too many secrets between them for a couple who’s supposedly embracing forever together, and the resolution vis-à-vis Mircea was so corny. Frost could have made this into a killer trilogy, but instead book 4 came along, and crapped the bed. This is the lowest rating that I’ve ever given something that was written by this author, and it really makes me sad.
I pre-ordered this audio months before its release because Tavia Gilbert is an experienced narrator whose familiarity with this universe and its inhabitants is beyond measure. She reads Dracula’s parts well without falling into the stereotypical trap that would be all too easy to adopt, and the energy that she brings to the love making bits will leave you blushing and a little jealous. Her voice was the saving grace of this audiobook.
INTO THE FIRE is where your paperback copy should go. However, if you really must, listen instead.
This was a decent ending to the series, it did has some flaws and I am glad to be moving on from Vlad and Leila for sure.
I hope the next book is about Ian he was very funny and I really liked his character. Vlad and Leila just fought too much for me. There was a lot of action throughout which was fun. There was some great dialogue too.
As for the narration it was great. I am a big fan of Tavia Gilbert. She does a great job with all the different voices and emotions. Sometimes a bit too much emotion, but still a really great narrator.
The overall story was great and the performance was great; however, I think I've grown out of the whole female adult acting like a complete child in the middle of every crisis. Sigh.... I still love the Characters (Vlad, Ian, Marty, Maximus, plus characters from the original series...Mancheres, Cat, Bones, Marie etc).
The final chapter, of this series, has just as much action as the previous three. The Hero and Heroine have finally gotten over their reservations about their relationship but unfortunately, their is still another enemy to defeat. There is a loss of one important character but there is also a new vampire added to the mix. There are some questions that finally get answered but there are new questions that take their place. I have no doubt that a new relationship is blooming and,therefore, we haven't heard the last of these beloved characters. Definitely worth a credit, in my opinion.
-V from Kansas
"Brilliant Complex Plot"
I love Jeaniene Frost books - adored the Cat and Bones series and loved this ,Vlad and Leila set. As always Vlad is trying to keep Leila safe and the forces in play are trying to stop him.
We see a number of the previous characters who hold pivotal roles in the storyline plus necromancers and demons.
As the tale progresses the are two events that I had not expected including a betrayal. I read so much that I can often see where the storyline is going but I love it when it doesn't progress as expected.
Although I understand this is the last book in this series I am sure there must be a book to come which follows Ian and the Law Guardian, Veritas.
Brilliant Complex Plot as always from Jeaniene Frost. I believe I am prejudiced as I immediately buy any new book as it appears
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