After the events of Book 2, SHADOWFLAME, I was...well reluctant would hardly cover how I felt. The direction Sylvan took David and Miranda's relationship left me feeling hollow. I want to stress I did not have a problem with WHO David slept with, but rather that he did it at all. I was hoping there would be more fall out and consequences to those actions in the third book. Instead Sylvan jumps our music loving Miranda three years with a Grammy-winning career and holding down her Vampire Queen status pretty smartly.
So in short everything she ever wanted, on a silver plate, with a hot guy attached.
Wouldn't be much of a book if that's all that happened of course, but honestly I'm not sure how much of the middle of the book mattered. Its pretty much the same as the last two books, just different motivations and different people attacking. Different allies coming forward and different betrayals. At the end of the day however its the same old song (see what I did there?) with a would have been shocking cliffhanger.
Where Sylvan went wrong I think is that instead of leaving things lie in the end, she just had to put that nugget of hope in there that undermined the entire chapter before it. All the pain, all the anguish, all the 'We should have done better!' regrets were trivialized by the last line of the book. If the book had ended on 'proceed', well it would have lent an urgency to things. Would have almost made up for the meandering middle.
Instead the reader now knows that eventually things will follow a certain course in the next book (or maybe the book after that if Sylvan is feeling risky). That whatever Miranda goes through until that moment is cheap and can me waved away because it doesn't really mean MUCH. My advice is to read the first book, QUEEN OF SHADOWS, and read it as a stand alone. It works amazingly well as one in fact. Forget any books there after because they will only make you grind your teeth in frustration.
For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, have worked for.
The entire Signet Council has descended upon Austin for its ten-year summit, bringing with it Prime James Hart of the Northeast, a sworn enemy come to take his revenge on those who defied him. But Miranda and David receive an unexpected offer of help from David's sire, an ancient and powerful vampire with knowledge that may be their salvation--or their doom.