I have another disclaimer. At this rate, I'm going to be known for disclaimers, but here goes: I unknowingly read this series completely backward. I read the third book in the series first, then the second book, then the first. This might have affected my enjoyment of the books, I don't know.
To be honest, this book simply didn't do it for me. The characters didn't stand out for me; I didn't really get invested in them or really like them and it just felt like a fairly forgettable read for me.
It felt a bit like generic vampire characters meets generic trope filled vampire plot meets utterly non-compelling stakes. For what it is, it's well-executed and not badly written at all. It just felt a bit ...boring. Nothing jumped out at me, nothing really surprised me, and it all felt a little bit formulaic.
For me, an indicator of a strong series is if I want to read the previous books in the series if I accidentally picked up a more recent installation rather than starting in chronological order. After reading Guerin's story, I didn't feel the urge to read Arran or Kenric's story at all, which is not a great sign. It's not just about spoilers and knowing plot things ahead of time -- I love spoilers and I often look up the ending to movies and books beforehand. It's simply that the journey has to be worth it and I couldn't make myself care about it in this case.
Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.
Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing, and she won’t just sit around and wait for the authorities to find her. But her hunt for clues brings her face-to-face with the one vampire she can’t forget.
Now, their missions combine, and the two are thrust into the heart of evil. And they’re about to find out if their passion is enough to overcome the pain from their shared past, or if their dark desires will destroy them both.