The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed — vampyre, demons, shape shifters — and mankind fight their last battle for survival.
Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen…and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission — to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity — Kyana has no choice but to accept.
She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort. . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warriour who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motives and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both. . .
When I opened this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t read the back blurb but the front cover appealed to me.
To begin with it was a bit confusing to work out what was going on. In brief there are gods, demi gods, Lychen (werewolves) Dark Breed (vampires both good and bad) demons and leeches as well as the kinda slug icky creatures. Kyana is a half breed. She has overcome her bloodlust and now works as a tracker for Artemis Goddess of the Hunt. Her job is to find the people that the gods want protected called the Chosen. The Chosen are humans who have been marked to replace the gods now that their powers are waning.
Add to the mix, the gates of Tartarus have been unlocked and with all matter of demons are spewing forth you get an idea of the landscape. Kyana and Ryker’s mission is to find the key that will lock the gates of Hell again so that the dead demons stay dead.
This book contains a huge amount of information dumps but instead of jarring you out of the story, they pull you in more. I liked the matter of fact way the characters accept the different types of beings in this world. There is good and bad but not really any interspecies quibbling or fighting. It’s more all the beings on the good side, uniting to protect humans.
The intimate scenes are sensual rather than the wham bam thank you m/am or the hard core goes for hours that you often find in this genre. I seriously didn’t want this book to end. I got to the last page and couldn’t believe it ended where it did. I have so many questions left unanswered I felt myself go “But but but WHERE’S THE REST?”
I’m unashamed to admit I have been sucked into another series. I want more and I want it now. And WOW the sucker punch of Hades,,,, Just WOW!