The second in the Night Touched series bounces back and forth between the Night Touched Harper – a vampire who was turned by the Firs Born, Jeremy – the newest Night Touched, and Silas – a slayer sworn to destroy them both.
After Silas and Harper’s disastrous relationship in New York, they are both determined to move on. Harper and her family of vampires head to New Orleans to find the newest night touched. Meanwhile, Silas tries to win back the trust of his organization by hunting her and her friends – and using the priest Jeremy to do it. Little do they know they’re both being played.
In this book we get to see and hear more from Silas and begin to understand what made him who he is. Flashbacks reveal a new side; a vulnerable kind side that he has tried to suppress in an effort to uphold his family name.We also see more of Harper’s past, and understand what was taken away from her when she was made a Night Touched.
The newest character Jeremy may be the most intriguing. As a priest, his religion should be at odds with his new status, but he is determined to hold on to it even in his darkest moments. The contrast is fascinating, and shows that one doesn’t have to fit a cookie cutter mold to believe in something. Though I doubt she meant it as commentary on Christianity, I find it a positive note in a society who is quick to tell you what you have to be, do, and think in order to belong to their “exclusive groups”. Jeremy doesn’t follow any of the rules, and yet there he is, and he will only get stronger as he learns to adapt to his new life.
This series has a fantastic mythology – I love the idea of the night touched – and in this book we get to see more of the slayers and their organization, which is so creative! The world building is awesome, and like that it’s not the same old, same old glittering vampires that have gotten popular. I am looking forward to learning even more about the characters in the supplemental short stories. And, of course, I can’t wait for the next book!