Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.
The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.
Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
Review by Mary
What can I say to do justice to this story. I loved book and this sequel was just as great. Angel and Simeon are now in a relationship, Isaac (Angel’s brother) is living with them along with Daniel Angel’s apprentice. A lot is captured in this book. The bond between Angel and Simeon becomes clearer and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Daniel’s father comes back into the story as a side thread to the main mystery of the murders and catching the serial killer. So much to keep me entertained and left me wanting more. There is a cliffhanger at the end and I really want to know what happens next. My favourite character is Angel’s dragon familiar Eroch. It is brilliant the way he is sentient and is at war with the pigeons.
Joel Leslie’s narration is superb. Beautiful deep Irish tone for Simeon and the non nonsense Boston accent for Angel is wonderful. When Joel narrates I can close my eyes and be transported into the story. While the main characters are outstanding it’s the attention given to the side characters that makes Joel such an awesome narrator.
5 of 5 stars
Review by Brian
A worthy sequel in the great Beacon Hill Necromancer series, the story
picks up where the last book left off. Angel, still scrappy and snarky, is
falling deeper in love with sexy, powerful vampire Simeon. He’s attempting
to rebuild his relationship with his troubled brother Isaac, while taking
on a more parental role with his promising young student Daniel. Daniel’s
family resents him for his gifts that outshine his favored older brother,
and fabulous, witty Millie, Angel’s business partner, is stalked by a
There’s a lot going on, and a strong supporting cast kept me engaged.
Angel in particular is a very appealing lead. He’s delightfully original;
he avoids the tropes of snarling alpha male or hapless twink. He’s
parental to his brother and student, a concerned friend, and a force to be
The world building continues to be superb. It all feels very bright and
shiny and very fresh. Just enough is explained to show how the world works
without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.
Isaac is a character I find really interesting. I look forward to seeing
him develop more in future books. As much as I love Angel as our lead I’d
enjoy getting a novella or full length novel from Isaac’s point of view
Simeon comes across a little better this time around, maybe just because
he’s been around for two books and I’m used to him. He’s hot, commanding,
romantic, but I still feel like there’s a spark missing, some
understanding of him I’m just not getting, which is a shame as he’s such a
prominent character surrounding by other interesting characters. Maybe
what I’m interpreting as not understanding the character is supposed to be
an intriguing mysteriousness. He fulfills the role of hunky vampire
boyfriend well enough, and I am warming up to the character.
Joel Leslie is a great narrator as always. He gives distinct voices to the
cast creating a performance that goes beyond just a reading. I
particularly love his tough guy Jersey accent for Angel.
I’m already looking forward to the next installment in the series.
4 of 5 stars
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