Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.
Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.
…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.
But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?
My thoughts on the book are that I love how we see both Derek and Sofia grow up and come into themselves.
Derek is facing the darkness yet he has to gather all the self control he has left, by picturing Sofia’s touch and her face. Yet he is pushed to his limits with the vampires doubting Derek’s choices and the humans shutting themselves away from what they feel is the end.
While Sofia is battling her own issues when she finds out that her father is the leader of the hunters. Yet Sofia has to deal with not only her dad who she hasn’t seen for years but also her mother who is now a vampire set to give her daughter to the one vampire who just intends to use Sofia as his pet.
I like how we discover why Sofia is so important in this book and why so many crave her blood, she isn’t a normal human.
Derek on the other hand is so romantic and caring for someone who was turned when he was 17, he acts like a gentleman and deals with his issues whilst still craving the love of his dear Sofia.
I instantly had a disliking towards Sofia’s mother, Bella Forrest has really put a lot of detail into the characters which really help me picture the worst mother who gives up everything just because she is jealous her daughter has taken her husbands heart! What sort of mother does that?
In this book I have begun to like Claudia where as in the other books she was portrayed to be inconsiderate and unable to feel love, in this book I have now seen her vulnerable side and feel empathy for her. Especially when I read how she was made so vulnerable and was not given the chance to have love, therefor now she is just misunderstood and now craving the man she has spent most of her vampire life trying to repulse.
I definitely recommend this book to you all to read after you have read the other 3 of course, this has everything. And in my mind the book is structured and wrote so well that it flows effortlessly, if you have the time purchase the books they are very cheap on the kindle and well worth the buy.
I hope this has been a good insight to the book for you and given you an idea of what to expect.
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