Saturday, August 21, 2010
But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.
Or as if she’s in danger.
Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru.
The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…
I’ll say from now that I’m 100% team Graves, because Christophe kind of freaks me out a little bit. What made me really, really happy about Jealousy was that Graves got a lot of screen time, and it wasn’t even shared with Christophe!
As you might have guessed from the above, the romantic elements are much more developed in this installment, which was a very welcome change. I also really enjoyed the insight into past events and into Djamphir culture, often through the medium of Dru’s classes, which I thought were some of the most interesting parts of the book. There was also a little bit more about Wulfen and their hierarchy especially, which I loved. I’ve said before that what I go crazy over in Lili St. Crow’s books is the attention to detail she has for her characters’ little quirks and flaws, and this time that meticulousness has been applied to the world-building to great effect!
Admittedly, the action sometimes lagged a bit and I occasionally saw what was coming, but the extreme cliffhanger at the end probably balanced out the overall amount of adrenalin released during my reading time. Plus, Dru gets into a major punch-up with someone who isn’t a nosferat—enough said.
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