Merit, Chicago's newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit.
Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene - and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.
Merit must accept the assignment even though she knows that she'll probably regret it. And she's not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals - not least between her and a certain centuries-old green-eyed Master vampire.
©2010 Chloe Neill (P)2010 Tantor
"A refreshing take on urban fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
I have really been enjoying this vampire/supernatural series. The explanation for vampirism seems almost more plausible than most of the paranormal fiction novels I have read. For example: an alteration in the DNA. They are still living, still warm, can eat food but need blood supplements, are mostly immortal with some fatal flaws.... It is a bit irritating that we are kept in the dark as to Merit's real first name. And Merit should just boot Ethan to the curb. Cynthia Holloway's narration can be a bit confusing at times as there often isn't enough variation to differentiate between characters but she still does a pretty good read. Definitely not detracting enough to take away from the story. Bottom line is that if you enjoy listening to authors like Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Carrie Vaughn, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, J. R. Rain (another really good find), and T. A. Pratt, you will probably enjoy this series as well.
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I have read and listened to a lot of different vampire series and this series is definitely in my top five. The story line is wonderful, the narrator is excellent, and the characters are fun. I love this series and can’t wait for the next book to come out in August. I have already listened to this series a few times and will continue to do so. 5 stars.
I actually give this third book in the series four and a half stars. I really am hooked on Chicagoland vampires, and I am very sorry that there's only one more book (please more!!), but just two things kept this from being up there on the list of my all-time favorite vampire series.
First reason is Merit, our intrepid heroine. She's feisty, she willful, she's stromg, resilient and sexy. But sometimes she borders on being a "Mary Sue". Mary Sue is a name given to usually female characters (sometimes male) who know more, perform better, figure things out faster than the leaders, experts or masters. They often save the day, saving everyone even though they are newbies. Merit just borders on Mary Sue-ism, but thankfully doesn't cross the line.
The second reason is the Ethan and Merit relationship continually upstaged any of the conflicts in the plot. Their relationship started and stopped, interrupted for some conflict. I know their issues couldn't be resolved immediately, but what ended up happening was I had a difficult time caring about all the troubles with the vampires and shape-shifters because I was so distracted with Ethan/Merit. I wanted to just hurry through all the fights and arguments and get back to those two.
One thing made me very happy---no Red Guard! Thank goodness!!
Anyway, loved this book and on the next (and last, hopefully not!).
I liked both the previous books in this series, but this one is the best one so far (stayed up all night listening to it). I can't wait for the 4th book to release May 3rd, 2011.
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I love the "Chicagoland Vampires" series!
If you like books from the Paranormal Genre. You will really enjoy these books.
I think these books are really hitting their stride. I enjoyed this book immensely. There was tons of action between the vampires and the shifters and I really didn't see the villain coming which always makes me enjoy a book more. I loved the advancement of the relationship between Merit and Ethan. I did miss Mallory and Catcher as they didn't seem to be around quite as much as in the previous books. I'm really enjoying this book series and can't wait to listen to the next one. As a narrator, I like Cynthia Holloway and think she does an ok job though she doesn't differentiate between the characters as much as I like.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
I wouldn't know, I didn't read the print version
It's kind of a grown up version of House of Night books by P.C. Cast. The reason I say that is because all the vampires seem to live together in houses and there is girl drama. Otherwise it also has a bit of the Dresden files but not nearly as good.
This one was really no different than the other two books she did in this series. Though I will say it kind of threw me off how she all of the sudden decided to change how she said Navarre house (or however it is spelled.).
I have no idea. I don't think it would make it to a third film and third time around is not the charm.
The story isn't bad and it's good for when you don't want to think too hard. I like the characters even! It's just not the best book I've read with the same sort of subject matter. If you want a bit of entertainment and a few chuckles but aren't looking for a book that is going to grip you by the throat and take you on a wild ride, well then this series is for you.
Love the stories and the narrator, but I have a hard time with her changing the pronunciations of certain words across different books and sometimes in the same boom.
The story is too good for that to be a problem.
Narrator needs more variety in her male voices and more consistency in word pronunciations. She's changing pronunciation of words from what she did in first 2 books. Prime example is the Navarre House. Books one and two she pronounced it Na-vare and in book 3, its Ne-vair. SHe does this throughout the first half or more of the book, Also she's have the same character pronounce it both ways. We'll see how much it continues to annoy me as to whether I'll finish this book series on audio or not.
She really needs to either review the previous book she read or at least have a pronunciation key for unfamiliar words. The last half she at least kept the pronunciations the same, but she uses the same voice for too many of the male voices.
At least the story line has kept me interested. Ethan is a goober though. I'd give details but I don't want to leave spoilers.
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