Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1)

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

Wild Hunger is the first book in a new series, Heirs of Chicagoland. It is a spinoff of the Chicagoland Vampire series featuring vampires Merit and Ethan Sullivan. The setting takes place in the future (at least two decades after the conclusion of Blade Bound). As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king. Along with a witch childhood best friend, together they join forces to investigate who's behind the assassination of a diplomat in Chicago which may tear apart alliances in the supernatural world.

If you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! At the end of the Chicagoland Vampire series (see Blade Bound), Merit s pregnant, and vampires don't get pregnant. Her daughter, Elisa is likable character who is battling her own demons. As the only vampire born rather than turned, she is quite an anomaly in the supernatural world. Seeking to forge her own independence outside the shadow of Cadogan House, Elisa trains to become a guard who defends other vampire houses. As a result, she can defend herself quite well even if she needs a bit of rescuing herself from a romantic interest. When one of her friends is framed for a horrific murder during an international vampire peace summit in Chicago, she and her friends set out to find the true killer, opening up a Pandora's box of diplomatic power struggles and making unexpected enemies in the process. We even get major screen time with all our favorite main characters from the original Chicagoland Vampires series, but their roles are downplayed as to allow their offspring to shine. I must admit that I was lukewarm at the thought of a spin-off series focusing on the offspring but I became hooked on Elisa's background and other secrets she may be hiding from own parents and friends. I can't wait to discover how she learns to control her own hidden powers!

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Heirs of Chicgoland series, Wicked Hour.

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