At Blade’s Edge by Lauren Dane
Rowan is on the war path. She will take those down that have hurt those she loves.
Publisher’s Description: Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Raised at the knee of The First and honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, she wields ancient knowledge from the Goddess Brigid and is newly married to a powerful Vampire scion.
Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. A war that would only hurt the weakest and destabilize the world as we know it.
It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry-people try to kill her all the time-as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world, and Rowan knows it’s a challenge to support her the way she needs while not being too much or not enough.The organization that gave her a purpose, a home, roots and a path when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her.
Now, instead of on a much-anticipated honeymoon, Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top.Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Nervous Nellie says…
Whatever he’s hiding is what I need to not only nail his coffin shut, but to dig down to the earth’s core to bury him and cover with millions of pounds of concrete.
I enjoy this series. Sure it’s got some very hot spots, but mostly I enjoy watching Rowan grow. She is not that old (again with the 23 year old chick and 500 year old vampire), but she has the education to back her up. She was raised by the “First” vampire ever. He’s off his rocker, but for some reason Rowan is the one that he chose to call daughter after he killed her parents. It’s weird but it works. Some of my favorite scenes are with Theo and Rowan. He has a hair trigger and is on the precipice of madness, but no other vampires must know or the Vampire nation will collapse.
Rowan is hunting ‘The Blood Front’ – a faction that thinks that humans should be designated ‘cattle’ as they rightfully are and vampires should be the master race. She is also hunting the vampires that threatened her foster father’s, Theo, throne. All that and there are sorcerers, witches and conspiracies galore.
There are so many scenes in this book that I loved, but the trial had to be one of the best. The ones that needed a comeuppance, got it. I will warn you though, the end was a cliffhanger of sorts. It sent Rowan on the hunt again and this time it will be more than personal.
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