On the hundredth anniversary of being turned into a vampire, Edith Dorset joins her adopted daughters and their friends at the Heartsong Clan’s annual Live Action Role Play recruitment event where she meets an eager young man named Dan Paxton. His older brother and Hunter, Darren, thinks Dan’s merely chaperoning a trip to a nerd convention, but has no idea he’s partnered with vampires for the weekend.
When Darren discovers Dan missing, he follows the only lead he has to the Heartsong Clan’s residence on Tombstone Row. Edith and Darren’s first meeting is uneasy because he lies his way into the Clan’s house, claiming to be there to play on the side of humans. He’s determined to keep his Hunter instincts in check, rescue his brother, and get it out of there.
An impromptu late-night encounter leads Darren and Edith to come clean with each other about who and what they are. Edith longs to keep Darren and his brother close, although it goes against Clan rules, and Darren is finding it harder than he thought to snuff out Edith and her family. Darren and Edith grow closer as they seek out the truth from her Sire, Mr. Heartsong.
While Darren uses all his Hunter skills to free his brother and be the hero, Mr. Heartsong banishes Edith from the Clan for her behavior towards Darren. No longer having Clan protection, Edith is faced with a terrible choice. Just as Darren returns with Hunter reinforcements, Heartsong and his Clan have vanished, along with Edith and her family. All that remains is a note from Edith, begging Darren to find them. And so, the hunt begins.
Forthcoming titles in this series:
Allied: Book 2
Fated: Book 3
The place between wake and sleep was where memories of Daniel always hid. For just a second, right before I opened my eyes, I saw him. It was like he never passed and I never became what I am today. “Vampire” was a dirty word nowadays. It was a pity they still regarded us as second-class citizens or–worse–monsters after how much we fought for Vampire Rights with the VHA in the early 19-teens and 1960s.
I sat up in bed, listening to the commotion in the kitchen of our small two-bedroom apartment off of Institute grounds. Most clan members lived on campus, but I wanted my adopted daughters Hope and Angel to live as normal of a life as possible. Th at meant mixing with the humans. Th e best way to achieve that was to not live on campus. We had our own rooms there for recruitment weekends and visits, but our main residence was our little apartment on 6th street four blocks from the rest of the clan.
“Back off, Hope! It’s my turn to mix the tea! Mama E lets me do it every weekend!”
“I’d rather stake myself than drink any of that watered-down garbage you call tea,” Hope snapped.
“Fine by me,” Angel said. “I’ll find you something sharp. Here, use my knife.”
I smiled. Despite being named after such a gentle creature, Angel stuck up for herself with the fire of a devil. Her fiery determination helped her survive a Khmer Rogue labour camp. Yes, she and Hope were both close to death, but that’s where I came in. Mr. Heartsong said, after being turned, “we vampires always know who needs us most.” Just like he knew I needed him to show me the good I could do if given near-infinite time, I did the same for two young sisters caught in the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in Cambodia. Their names in their native language were Sangkhum and Tevta. Once we moved back to America, we anglicized their names to Angel and Hope. I still sometimes used their Khmer names so they wouldn’t forget their past, but even the girls preferred fitting in with “American names.” It only took a single bite, along with a single, yes, to turn someone. I preferred to think of this life as a chance to help— not all vampire clans had such altruistic goals.
Thank you, Sarah Biglow, Molly Zenk and Love Books Group
About the authors
USA Today Bestselling Authors Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk are the authors of the Captivity series and the Celestial Academy series. Independently, they write across multi genres including: YA, urban fantasy, historical, and cozy mystery. Sarah lives in Boston with her husband and son. Molly lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters.
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