This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.
Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family... read more
“As the carriage rolled across the desolate plains, the assassin slid his gaze over to his traveling companions. Husband and wife. Joined by love and a dedication that would soon cost them everything.”
“My parents’ memorial service had barely ended when Valentine notified the Agency that he wanted me to take over as delegate. No one asked why he chose me. When someone has the power to destroy all you hold dear if he’s not happy, you do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied. Even if it kills you inside. Even if most of what you hold dear has already been taken.”
“The rebuilding efforts haven’t extended this far yet. It’s a part of town that most parents forbid their kids to visit. They think we’re too young, can’t take care of ourselves. Because it’s not a heavily populated part of the city, no guards are out here patrolling the streets. I know that makes it dangerous. But sometimes we just want to prove that we’re not afraid of the dark.Even when we are.”
“The guy looks at me, gives a little jerky nod. “Cool ink.”“Thanks.” I know he’s referring to the crucifixes tattooed on my neck. One on each side, right where a vampire’s fangs would go. My brother had a pair as well. Not that they did him any good. I tell myself that now isn’t the time to be thinking about it. The nightmares devour my sleep; I can’t let them consume my waking moments, too.”
“For some reason, Valentine likes the ancient rituals. He insists that delegates wear Victorian-era clothing. Which is why I’m in a long black dress with a high collar and a corset that cinches in way too tightly, making it hard to breathe. My hair is piled on my head in a complicated style with a few dangling curls. My feet, bound in pointy shoes that look like miniature torture devices, click across the thick stones. I go up the steps. Time to announce my arrival.”
“You’ll catch me if I fall, right?” I ask.Victor smiles. “I’ll catch you before you even slip.”
“I like you, Dawn. I’ve seen a lot of humans, from far away and up close. I’ve never met one like you. I think you’re the closest thing to a sunrise I’ll ever see.”Victor
“You’ll never lose me, Dawn. Since I met you, for the first time in my life, I truly understand what I’m fighting for. You are every sunrise that I will never see.”Victor
“My father made a mistake in bringing you here tonight. He thought your presence would distract me, but it made me realize I would gladly sacrifice my immortality for you.” He touches my cheek and then skims his fingers along my throat. “You will be in my life such a short time, but it will be worth it.”
“My heart is heavy with sadness. But it’s heavier with the guilt I’ll soon have to swallow. Because there’s no cure for the Thirst, except the stake.”
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