Carrie Vaughn ~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Kitty and her husband Ben are the alpha pair of the Denver werewolves. A new werewolf wants to join their pack, but he doesn’t have the proper attitude. He’s subtly disrespectful. The incidents might just be a series of misunderstandings, but that’s not what it feels like. It feels like he’s trying to undermine their authority. This distraction couldn’t have come at a worse time, as a stranger is trying to lure away Kitty’s strongest ally.
Society believes that vampires are minions of Satan. But Rick, the local vampire Master, continues to pray even as he wonders if God is listening. Father Columban, an ancient vampire priest, assures Rick that God not only hears his prayers, but wants Rick to join the Order of St. Lazarus. These vampires use their faith to fight against Roman, a very old, very powerful and very evil vampire.
If Rick leaves, any hope of gaining allies among other vampire clans goes with him. Rick must weigh his desires against his friendship with Kitty--Columban's claims against his allegiance to Kitty. To make matters even more confusing, there’s some question of whether Columban is who he claims to be. What if he’s really working for Roman and trying to destroy the alliance?
This is a continuation of a series. One should read the previous stories before beginning this very good book.
Kitty, the alpha of the Denver werewolf pack, is excited to be going to London. That’s where the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies is being held. Kitty is staying with Ned, the Master vampire of London. Master vampires from around the world are having their own convocation in London at the same time. Ned invites Kitty to attend the assembly to meet the other Master vampires. Kitty doesn't want to go, but she knows that if she doesn't, she will appear weak. Weakness is not acceptable.
Kitty puts on her game face and goes to the meeting. While there, she’s horrified to discover that some of the Master vampires keep werewolves as their pets. She discusses this with the alpha of the British Isles werewolf pack who says he will grant asylum to any werewolves who wish to leave their captors.
Meanwhile, the plan to bring about vampire world domination under the rule of Dux Bellorum, the Master of all Master vampires, comes closer to fruition. Kitty will oppose him to her dying day--a day that will occur sooner rather than later if the evil vampire has his way.
This is a continuation of a series that can be read alone. Although not as good as some of the other stories in this series, it is, nonetheless, a very good book.