But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he'll stop at nothing to get the artifact for himself. No mercy allowed. NO rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
Biting Cold, by Chloe Neill, is the sixth novel in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Merit, a 28-year-old vampire turned against her will, has become acclimated to Chicago's vampire underground. In less than a year, she has become Sentinel (A soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch) for Cadogan House, one of three officially-recognized Chicago vampire residences. As she walks knee-deep into the supernatural community, she discovers more dark--and terrifying--secrets.
Right before her eyes, her master and lover, Ethan, returns from the dead. Her sweet joy is short-lived when her best friend, Mallory, rogue a witch addicted to black magic, is on the prowl to steal an ancient artifact, Maleficium, that could unleash catastrophic evil and destruction. Both Ethan and Merit must race across the American Midwest before anyone else touches it first. Furthermore, Merit discovers another old enemy is hunting her, and she must do whatever it takes to protect Chicago--and the world--from his uncontrollable vigilante justice.
It has been a while since I have read a Chicagoland Vampires novel. The waiting period was totally worth it. Merit and I are around the same age, so I can relate to her personality. Less than 350 pages, this novel was packed with action, suspense, romance, and sexual intimacy. It was very easy to read, and the plot kept me very engaged. Neill has an excellent young adult novel series that I look forward to reading. The reference to different landmarks also keeps me updated with my undergraduate memories in Chicago. I was disappointed to have finished this novel so soon, but I can't wait for the next release in winter 2013!
Stay tuned for the next novel in the Chicagoland Vampire series, House Rules.