What a shame. I was very excited for this book (especially after the lackluster One Grave at a Time) and I'm sad to say that this book didn't deliver. The plot was okay, the characters were "meh". The connection between Vlad & Leila wasn't something to write home about, it was all just ..... there. Up to book 5 in the NH books, Jeaniene has spun gold with words but these last two installments have fallen a bit flat for me.