Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book 9)
Publication: New American Library (February 4, 2014)
Description: Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.
But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?
Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.
My Thoughts: There really is no way to talk about the ninth book in a series without saying something that could be considered a spoiler. Be warned!
Lots of things are happening in Chicago. Cadogan House has separated from the Greenwich Presidium but the GP is still looking for some kind of reparation. The Mayor of Chicago has begun a campaign of harassment against vampires and focusing on Ethan who she is blaming for lots of Chicago's troubles. Ethan and Merit take refuge with the shifters in Loring Park but they aren't really welcome guests. Since trouble follows Ethan and Merit closely, they are probably right to be concerned.
Joining them in Loring Park are Catcher and Mallory. Mallory is still making up for the bad decisions she made a few books ago but she and Merit are becoming friends again. Mallory is also getting control of her magic.
When the shifter celebration is invaded by harpies, Ethan, Merit, Mallory and Catcher are instrumental is saving the day and protecting the alpha's wife and son. However, the general shifter population is suspicious of them all. Our heroes have to begin an investigation into the cause of the disturbance to remove suspicion. This investigation leads to lots of surprises and the return of some old favorite characters.
Merit also has to deal with the thought that some members of the GP would like Ethan to try to become the new leader. Merit fears that Ethan will be forced to move to London and to leave her at Cadogan House. However, she also recognizes that this new role would be good for Ethan and for all vampires.
I enjoyed this fast-paced story and can't wait for the next book in the series.
"Courage has nothing to do with winning," I quietly said. "Courage is about fighting the good fight. Stepping forward, even when stepping forward is the crappiest of all possible options."I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.