This was my first time reading a book by Melissa de la Cruz and I was not disappointed! It is a new series spinoff based off of her Blue Bloods Coven series which contains some of the same characters.
Oliver is planning to have a Four Hundred Ball – a huge elegant party that hasn’t been held since the war ended over 10 years ago. As Oliver and Finn prepare for the ball, strange things have been occurring all over the city. Pentagrams are popping up in various places and mortal bodies are being found mutilated. The Venators are trying to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, Oliver cannot shake the feeling that this is an omen telling him not to have the ball, but he decides to go through with it anyway with disastrous results…
Something to keep in mind is that there are about six different points of view. It was a little confusing at times trying to figure out who was now speaking, but each character had their own identity. In other words, it was interesting seeing how each person thought and reacted.
The characters that you get to know through their POV are:
1) Oliver Hazard-Perry – the leader of the Blue Bloods coven.
2) Ara Scott – A Venator who hunts demons and has the power to see inside of someone’s mind.
3) Edon – Ara’s new partner who is a skinchanging wolf and also a war hero, but who is only a shell of his former self after the war.
4) Mimi Martin – Wife of Kingsley who has recently separated from him.
5) Kingsley Martin – Lord of the Underworld, Duke of Hell
6) Finn – The human lover of Oliver.
Each character had their own charm, but I really grew attached to Ara, Edon and Mimi. They are so imperfect that it was hard not to like them. The story was very interesting and moderately-paced. There was enough action to keep me entertained and the banter was pretty funny.
If you are interested in reading this book (which I do recommend!), I suggest not reading the blurb which gives away a huge piece of the ending and also has nothing to do with about 90% of the rest of the book. The ending which is supposed to be shocking and heart-felt was expected because it says what happens right in the blurb… yeah, not a good marketing strategy. However, that is not exactly how the book ends as there are still some events that take place afterwards that are worth reading.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it and would love to read the follow-up to this book. I’m even going to add the other series to my TBR as well.
Rating: 4 stars!!
**ARC obtained through Netgalley**