Always the Vampire – Oldest City Vampire #3

It’s not easy being a dutiful maid of honor when you’re a vampire in the Sunshine State…

Cesca Marinelli has been slacking on her duties as a vampire princess, but she will be the best maid of honor ever for Maggie’s Victorian wedding. However, when her mostly-human honey, Saber, falls ill due to a magical construct called the Void, she knows she’ll have to go beyond the call of bridesmaid duty…

The Void is affecting every supernatural being in Cesca’s afterlife, including her shapeshifter ex, Triton. To counter the Void’s reign of terror, Cesca must fully summon her vampire powers-which may lead to her own doom.

I’ve been hanging out for this book since the end of Last Vampire Standing.  As soon as it arrived on my doorstep, I dropped everything I was doing to read it. Just opening the first page and starting to read was like walking into an old friend’s house and continuing the last conversation you were having.  This book is darker than the previous two; the Void has become more of a malicious entity rather than a nameless black mass.  The void is attacking those supernatural/preternatural beings that Cesca holds dear. However in this instalment we find out just who and what controls the Void

I loved how Ms Haddock added the light and shade to this book.  The phrase that kept jumping into mind was “it’s the intent of the person holding it that makes an item either work for good or evil”.  Cesca comes into her powers and instead of them changing her into something she feared, they stabilise and centre her.

Yes Cesca could be put in the class of “save the world” heroine’s however don’t read into this as meaning that there is a political heaviness to this book.  All the characters complement each other with each having different strengths and weaknesses.  Cesca is the lead character but doesn’t overpower the reader or the other characters.  I loved the relationship between her and Saber as well as the sibling like relationship she has with Triton.

We get the chance to finish the journey started in La Vida Vampire. Ms Haddock has written three wonderfully crafted suspense/mysteries while not making them dark or dangerous.  They are light and refreshing with genuine emotion.

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