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This is the twenty-sixth book in the series. It tells the story of how Zev Hunter and Branislava Dragonseeker came together.


At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors -- and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan...

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth...

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear...

Christine's Notes[]

I wanted to write something really fun and different so I had Branislava, a fiery member of the Dragonseeker clan, become lifemates with Zev who is half lycan and half Carpathian, which was the very thing his people sought to destroy. These two were going to be passionate warriors who would have to depend on one another.

I always envisioned Zev being like our military heroes, like SEALs and Army Rangers and Marines, people who go to the forefront and put their lives on the line. He was like that.

For her, I wanted this fire dance with lightning. I had that in my mind ever since watching my niece and nephew do fire dancing and was so impressed with how beautiful it was.

— Christine Feehan