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Library JournalSerenity’s ability to sketch a person’s true soul has helped her to save a failing tattoo parlor. Between the demand for her work and the rise of her fiancé at his law firm, Serenity is finally feeling safe from the troubling visions that plagued her childhood. Cyrus has been searching for his Blessed mate for years. Their union will break the curse on the Kindred, an ancient race hiding among humans. When strange men with earpieces interrogate Serenity the night after she meets Cyrus, she finds herself thrust into a journey of discovering her true nature. This hefty paranormal romance takes the reader from posh parties in Manhattan to bloody battles in dark warehouses with a stop here and there at bedrooms of palatial estates. At points, the book’s pacing slows for lengthy exposition on the history and mythology of the characters. The mix of demons, angels, and Middle Eastern lore is a welcome break from the European mythology that has become de rigueur in this genre.
Verdict At 470 pages, this title provides readers with the mythology and groundwork for a compelling new series, and the relationship between Serenity and Cyrus keeps the romance in this fantasy.—John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.