This is the eighth book in the series. It tells the story of how Gabriel Daratrazanoff and Francesca del Ponce came together.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

He woke deep within the ground, and the first sensation he felt was hunger. An overwhelming hunger for blood that demanded satisfaction. But as he hunted the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice called to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving.

Francesca del Ponce was a healer, a woman who radiated goodness as powerfully as the sun did light. But surely his obsession with her would turn him as his twin brother had turned, leaving the world with two monsters instead of one.

Though he knew she would be like hot silk in his arms, though he knew the taste of her would be addictive, he feared for her life and his soul if he took her. Then with one mind-shattering vow she gave herself—"I offer freely, without reservation, I offer my life for yours as is my right"—and with a firestorm of long-forgotten feelings, he glimpsed salvation.

Christine's Notes[edit | edit source]

This book is about Gabriel, one of the legendary Carpathian twins, awakened in a cemetery in Paris, by the earth above him moving. The world is an unfamiliar place, much changed. He meets Francesca, a woman of extraordinary powers and talents. Together they forge an alliance in the hopes of defeating his most feared enemy, Lucian, his legendary twin.

— Christine Feehan

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