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In the first of a new series, Julie Kagawa brings out something different than what we are used to from her. It's dark. Full of mystery and suspense. It has a different feel than her Iron Fey series, and in such a good way.
Hold onto your seats, folks, because you're in for quite the ride of a lifetime.

This novels is set in parts. I like to think of them as the "The setting - the before." "The After the event." and "The aftermath".
You'll understand what I mean when you read this. The pace of the book picks up quickly, and you begin to say. O M G.. to a point where you can't believe what has happened and wonder what will happen next.

This is a beautifully written story. Allison is a really good protagonist, and we see everything and feel everything she is feeling. And boy was there so much happening to her. More than one normal person should have been able to handle.
The moment she is attacked and wakes up changed is the moment the story changes pace. It's when the story really starts, and from that point onwards is non stop action and suspense to the next.
I have to say my favourite male character was her mentor, vampire, Kanin. I know he will never be her love interest, but he is just too amazing not to love.
There is so much deep within him that yearns to be known. Allison doesn't get to spend too much time with him when he puts her on her two feet.

One thing that is forbidden to vampires are to fall for a human. Kanin tells her this, but that doesn't stop her from falling for a boy who she starts to get to know while she is in his company.
Zeke is a fun and interesting character, but if I was honest, after all the talk I had of him.. I expected to be wowed more than I was. It was kind of a disappointment. There is nothing wrong with him, that's true.. but there was something missing that I couldn't quite put my finger on.
Oh well, hopefully my opinion will change over the course of the series.. as I have a feeling this is not the last we see of him.

Julie does a great installment and introduction to the dystopian vampiric world. I feel there is still so much yet to explore, and I am sure we'll discover those things as we go through the remaining of the series.

Rating: 4/5