in the second to last book of the series, the stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force depart for Egypt, desperate to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face...
Schuyler Van Alen: The main character in the series. Also known as the Dimidium Cognatus (half-human, half-vampire), the first and only one. She's the daughter of Allegra Van Alen and Stephen Chase. She recently became the bondmate of Jack Force (Abbadon). Schuyler has been charged with protecting the Gate of Promise by her mother and grandparents.
Jack Force: Also known as Abbadon, Angel of Destruction, Twin Angel of the Apocalypse. Schuyler's bondmate, twin of Mimi.
Mimi Force: Current Regent of the New York Coven. Also known as Azrael, the Angel of Death, Twin Angel of the Apocalypse. Promised to her twin, Jack, who broke their bond for Schuyler. In love with Kingsley Martin, who is trapped in hell, and focused on revenge against Jack and Schuyler.
Kingsley Martin: A reformed silver blood and venator and love interest in Mimi, trapped in hell.
Oliver Hazard-Perry: A conduit. Schuyler's former familiar and conduit and now Mimi's present conduit. Oliver is broken hearted when the love of his life, Schuyler, bonds with Jack Force and so takes a trip to hell with Mimi. Ollie is human.
Allegra Van Alen: Also known as Gabrielle, the Uncorrupted, the Virtuous. Broke her bond with Charles Van Alen to go with Stephen Bendix Chase, her familiar and Schuyler's dad. Recovered from her coma, whereabouts unknown. Mother of Bliss Lewellyn and Schuyler. Daughter of Cordelia and Lawrence Van Alen.
Charles Force: Also known as Michael, Pure of Heart, Archangel of Light. After breaking the bond with Allegra Van Alen, he changed his name from Van Alen to Force, and bonded to Trinity Burden in this cycle. Regis of the New York coven, Charles disappears taking a secret he has been keeping from Allegra for centuries. His secret is linked to Lucifer's secret plan. Is the father of Mimi and Jack in this cycle.
Dehua Chen: From a coven based in Shanghai. Also known as Xi Wangmu, Angel of Immortality, was presented at the Four Hundred Ball along with her twin, Deming Chen. Has the ability to see through people's auras even without the glom. A Chinese Venator working with the Lennox twins, searching and destroying Nephilims.
Deming Chen: A Chinese Venator, also known as Kuan Yin, Angel of Mercy. She's highly sensitive to emotion and mood. Famous for her talent at reading a person's guanghuan or, in the Sacred Language, affectus, the color representation of one's interior barometer that was undetectable to the eye. A Venator, working with the Lennox twins, searching and destroying Nephilims. Her twin sister, Duhua is also a venator. She is a wife to one of the lennox twins.
Sam Lennox: Also known as Rujiel, one of the Angels of the West Wind. Good soldier. A Venator, working with the Chen twins, searching and destroying Nephilim. Brother of Ted, he and his brother distrust Schuyler and Jack.
Ted Lennox: Also known as Ruhuel, one of the Angels of the West Wind. Good soldier. A Venator,working with the Chen twins, searching and destroying Nephilim. Ted's twin brother is also a Venator. He and his brother distrust Schuyler and Jack.
Lucifer: The Morning Star, fallen angel and ruler of the underworld. In league with the Nephilim and Silver Bloods planning to destroy the vampire covens. Has a secret plan to return himself to his former glory.
Helda: Queen of the underworld. Makes a deal with Mimi to trade a soul for the soul of Kinglsey Martin from her service as the consigliere of the seventh circle of Hell.
Baal: Demon from Hell, close associate of Lucifer.
Malakai: Also known as the Steward, in human form was Forsyth Llewellyn. Strongest and most powerful of the Croatan and Lucifer's closest ally. This cycles Father of Bliss.
Mahrus Abdel Massih: Presents himself to the Lennox's, the Chen's and Schulyer and Jack as a Venator from Jordan and brother of Catherine of Sienna.
“She did not want to take that away from him. If she loved him the way she said she did, she wanted him whole. maybe thiswas what love meant after all: sacrifice and selflessness. It did not mean hearts and flowers and a happy ending, but the knowledge that another’swell-being is more important than one’s own. It was so awful to grow up and realize you couldn’t have everything you wanted, Mimi thought.”
“They disappeared into the glom, and just like that, the Twin Angels of the Apocalypse went back down to Hell.”
“Their last night together they had loved each other wordlessly, letting their bodies say what they could not bear to speak out loud; and even thenshe had tried to pretend that it was not the last time.”
““I will wait forever,” she promised. “However long it takes.””
Table of Contents Never Say Good-bye ONE Paradiso TWO Inferno THREE Beatrice FOUR Knives in the Market FIVE The Pyramids of Giza SIX Portrait of the Artist as a Young Heir SEVEN Mirror Images EIGHT Checkpoint Charlie NINE Studio Session TEN City of the Dead ELEVEN White Wedding TWELVE Blood Service THIRTEEN Cycle House FOURTEEN Doppelgangers FIFTEEN The Bendix Diamond SIXTEEN Holy Water SEVENTEEN The Demon of Avarice EIGHTEEN Truths and Lies NINETEEN The Last Venator TWENTY Nightclub at the End of the Universe TWENTY-ONE Dream House TWENTY-TWO Blood Sick TWENTY-THREE In the Limelight TWENTY-FOUR The Bride Wore Orange TWENTY-FIVE Temple Maidens TWENTY-SIX The Only Girl in the World TWENTY-SEVEN The Dovecote TWENTY-EIGHT The Brides of Lucifer TWENTY-NINE River Palace THIRTY Bitter Queen THIRTY-ONE Gatekeeper THIRTY-TWO The Duke of Hell THIRTY-THREE Plea Bargain THIRTY-FOUR A Righteous War THIRTY-FIVE The Living and the Dead THIRTY-SIX The Prisoner THIRTY-SEVEN An Impossible Choice THIRTY-EIGHT Angel Heart THIRTY-NINE Twilight in the Garden FORTY The Key of the Twins FORTY-ONE Secrets of the Underworld FORTY-TWO A Phone Call FORTY-THREE Bluebeard's Castle FORTY-FOUR Runaway Train FORTY-FIVE The Archangel's Promise FORTY-SIX Dangerous Harvest FORTY-SEVEN The Porter's Fee FORTY-EIGHT Soldier of the Lord FORTY-NINE The Exchange The New York Times ALLEGRA VAN ALEN and STEPHEN CHASE FIFTY Soulless FIFTY-ONE The Love of a Lifetime FIFTY-TWO The Battle of Abbadon and Azrael FIFTY-THREE Time in a Bottle FIFTY-FOUR Abbadon's Sacrifice FIFTY-FIVE The Hidden Gatekeeper FIFTY-SIX Blood Trial FIFTY-SEVEN Gabrielle's Secret FIFTY-EIGHT Bonded Servants EPILOGUE The White Darkness
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