Ah Jeaniene Frost, it’s been so long since I have read one these books that I almost forgot what I was missing! This third Night Prince book is every bit as good as the first two. It’s got amazing angst and action and romance… and gets darker than any book I’ve read from this author. Yes, I remember that time Bones died and I sobbed like a baby; but this is heartbreaking in a different way and it took me to places I didn’t expect Frost to go.
In case you need a refresher, as the story begins, Vlad and Leila are now married, she’s a vampire, and they are still hunting Vlad’s archenemy Szilagyi. The story follows our couple as they try to navigate their relationship and their life-and-death feud. Both arcs are very powerful.
On the romance front, I am just blown away by how much Vlad loves Leila. It’s easy to see his heavy-handedness and arrogance, but what is being revealed more and more is the vulnerability behind all of that. Love is chink in his armor that he never wanted to deal with again, but now that it’s here and it’s real, he puts everything he has into protecting his wife in order to protect himself. As Vlad reveals himself to Leila with admissions about himself and his past, we the readers are seeing his soft underbelly. He could be so easily destroyed through her. And he almost is.
I don’t want to give too much away. The shocking events of the war with Szilagyi are part of the roller coaster this book will take you on. Some parts are very hard to read. The events are told through Leila’s POV and while Vlad’s reactions were powerful, Leila’s were even more so. Not just the events themselves, but how she reacts, responds, and internalizes them. It’s some compelling stuff.
If you’re wondering about Cat & Bones, they do make an appearance. Some other supporting characters we know and love show up too. Frost does a good job aggregating storylines and relevant developments from the Night Huntress series to interlace with what’s happening here. But as much stuff is happening (and a lot is happening,) it’s emotion that rules this book. It is, after all, a romance. And through it all, I felt closer to Vlad and Leila than ever before.
I can’t wait for the last installment. If it’s anywhere near as good as this one, it will kick ass.
PS — Double bonus points for a character named Ilona.
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Bound By Flames
by Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: January 27, 2015