Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Twilight Fulfilled

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I have got to go back and read the early books in Maggie Shayne's Wings of the Night series.  I came to the party late, with Twilight Prophecy --and I really enjoyed it. Now, this book picks up right where that one left off... dropping us right back into the action.

Now that vampires have been revealed to humanity, they are becoming targets for extinction. Human vigilantes are burning them out of their homes and killing them in their sleep. And if that's not bad enough, the world's first immortal is targeting them as well.  Half-breed vampire James resurrected Utana in the last book, trying to fulfill a prophecy that said he could save their race. But Utana has gone mad from thousands of years with his consciousness trapped in the ashes of his body.  He thinks his agony was a punishment from the gods for starting the vampire race.  And to atone, he thinks he must eradicate his creation from the face of the earth.

The surviving vampires send James' twin, Brigit, to face him. She shares the same destructive powers as Utana and if anyone can stop his murderous rampage, she can.  But when Brigit and Utana face off, they quickly realize there is an undeniable connection between the two of them.  Each believes they need to kill the other, but neither can follow through.  Their first battle ends with them in each other's arms and the pull between them only gets stronger as time goes by.  Eventually Brigit's mission changes in her own mind. Instead of trying to kill Utana, she needs to find a way to help his mind heal and convince him to change his plans to kill her kind.

I really enjoyed watching the romance unfold between Brigit and Utana.  Brigit has spent her whole life feeling less than her brethren. But with Utana, she has finally found the place where she belongs.  The love scenes are great, but the romance is even better!  It is a kind of "love at first sight" thing, which I'm not a fan of, but I can live with it, if I tell myself it's a vamp thing. 

The plot was fast moving and the book, action packed.  Like in Twilight Prophecy, there were appearances from characters featured in previous books in the series... which I'm sure will give a thrill for longtime fans.  I think this book will be better to those of us who read the book immediately before, but the world building is simple and easy to understand for new readers. I liked it alot. 4 1/2 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

Twilight Fulfilled
by Maggie Shayne
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Mira

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