This is the twenty-third book in the series. It tells the story of how Danutdaxton and Riley Parker came together.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in South America, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries.

But there are some things that never change.

His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Once at the side of the prince of the Carpathian people, he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man–and beast. Even his friends and family weren't safe from Mitro's bloodlust. Neither was Mitro's lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts.

But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun–one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendant of Arabejila, as the reward.

Christine's Notes[edit | edit source]

There was so much I wanted to do with this story. I took us back to South America where Dax had been buried alive for hundreds of years and gave him Riley, a descendant of a very powerful female Carpathian. I wanted to show how she had these inherited gifts she didn't even know about, but that came out as she needed them. I wanted to show how our ancestry can affect us. I also wanted to do more Carpathian rituals, but hadn't found a good place for them. They fit perfect in this book and that was important to me.

— Christine Feehan

Characters[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While writing this book, Christine Feehan had lost her granddaughter, making the book incredibly difficult to write.
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