The 2nd book in the Dorina Basarab series. Dory's roommate Claire has returned from Fairie due to threats against her son and the rune of power that should be his having been stolen. The Senate has Dory under contract and this time, she's to bring back the vampire's head but not kill him. However, Louis-Cesare is not only after Ray as well but trying to get his progeny, Christine, back. All trails lead back to the Senator who has Christine but when he turns up dead, things start getting a lot more complicated with Louis-Cesare's bid to leave the European Senate to compete for a spot in the North American Senate but there is so much more going on than anyone realizes.
This one goes all over the place and it's hard to put down because then it's a jigsaw puzzle trying to put it all back together again. Everything does fit perfectly at the end but it's a wild ride getting there.
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