For as long as Shifrah can remember conformity has been taught, encouraged. People look same, dress the same, hang the same artwork. They are educated in the way of peace from birth to death, but when faced with differences outside their scope of comfort practising what is preached is another matter altogether. Shifrah was born slightly different, darker than most with a skill she worked to keep hidden. Her gran joked she was a genetic kickback, but standing out is never a blessing. She thought she was the only one until she caught a glimpse of Donovan. She had read about this figure, the son of the ancient prophetess, and a blood drinker. He had come to relay a message, a warning to all that their time of peace and of ignorance coming from to an end. But they had known peace for so long, and felt shelter and comfort within their fortress that they were certain no harm could befall them. Shifrah saw the danger in their arrogance, and Donovan awakened something within her, a repressed desire to embrace not only her individuality, but his as well. Desires she thought she would never know stir, leading her to a path of darkness she must navigate if she hopes to remain the person she wishes to be, the person who wants to protect those she loves.
I read and enjoyed the first book in the series, this one however, I loved. The plot, the characters, everything, seemed far more engaging, a true testament to the author’s growth and development. Don’t get me wrong, the first book in a great read, but this one was more my style of book. I enjoyed the inner conflicts of Shifrah, watching her struggle to both conceal and embrace who she is. The relationships she forges influence the person she is and who she will become. It was a deep and engaging read driven by characters, emotions, and conflict. As I said above, I have read the first book in the series, but it would also work well as a stand alone, any important missing information is skilfully filled in throughout the plot to achieve a self-contained story. I really enjoyed reading this, and look forward to seeing more work from E.A. Comiskey