Peace is just a breath between battles for Mira. Hardened by slavery and war, she longs for the simpler life, knowing that it might never be hers to enjoy. There is always another battle waiting to be fought, another foe on the horizon. Peace between humans, vampires, and other kin may be nothing more than a dream, but Mira holds out hope.
It is during this brief respite that Mira is gifted one of her greatest weapons. Though it brings with it memories of a time when she was not so jaded, it also comes with a reminder of terrible pain and loss. Awakening deeply hidden emotions within her, if Mira can use this to her advantage, she'll have a new ally in the next battle to come.
©2014 Katie Salidas (P)2016 Katie Salidas
This story gave us a look back to the beginning of how it all started. It was so different from the previous stories and Mira was an entirely different person. However I loved how everything tied in together in the end. Kerri did a great job with the narrative and portraying a younger more innocent Mira.
I remember when Mira thought on Theo, her love and the man who turned her, in the previous books. I was always curious to meet him. And in this book, we do. We get to see the first time Mira met Theo, and how they flirted even then. He is a quick one in mind and comments, also a bit sexy. Theo is the best vampire to have turned Mira. I think his friendliness and easy personality was a perfect fit for Mira when she was younger, but also set the bar of how vampires really are. Like Mira has been saying since the first book, they are not salvage, they were humans once too.
Kerri has become the voice of Mira for me. Her laid back speak and determination. Even with Stryker, she brings across the strong feel to both the alpha personalities. When I saw this story had a bit of Mira's past, when she first arrived at the prison of New Haven, and that Mira was slowly coming out of her protective, hard shell I was worried. But listening to Kerri relaxed me right into the story. She has brought enough of the hardness in Mira and the growing vulnerability to the front that shows Mira growing as a character. Excellent combination and reading of the character! She does different timber and infliction for each character.
It's nice to see Mira in an innocent way, before the harsh life of gladiator fighting. When she was first turned. There had been an instant and constant connection between Mira and Theo. They seemed the perfect match.
We see a whole new cast of characters with Mira on her first trek to find Sanctuary. Of course Theo. We also meet his friends, Marcel and Justine. Marcel and Justine lived as gladiators with Theo. Then we come across Savannah and Collin. Savannah and Collin are young looking vampires that have lived long lives, and survived the cataclysm that created the world that is now present. Mira sees a common view on why to make the journey in Savannah. They are a strong cast of characters.
This book is as the title implies, a transition. The world Mira currently lives in is in transition, but we get Mira's past where she goes through the transition to vampire. But, what Mira went through then created who Mira is now, and how she's come to be the one who is changing the world. What a full circle Mira has come!
There is more to come. There is more battles to be fought to bring peace and co-existence for all species. I WILL be waiting for the books!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
K.A. Salidas brings us the beginning of Mira's tale in another offering from her fabulous Chronicles of the Uprising.
And yes, we do find out who won Mira's heart.
Between battles to free her kind and others, Mira has a large to do list to help create a better place for all (human, vampire, shifter, otherkin...). One item on that list is turning the gladiator arena and holding pens into a more peaceful and beautiful space. During this renovation a diary written by Mira is found that covers her transition into vampire through her capture. This book gives a wealth of insight into the forces that shaped her and gave her the drive for freedom.
The end of the book left me grinning and hopeful.
Hopefully the next books will give us more information on yummy and heart of gold George, jaw dropping gorgeous and fierce Stryker, and the all too serious and caring Lucian.
As the voice of Mira and the other characters in the story Kerri McCann again does a superb job. You can hear the emotions of each character in the narration.
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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