Witches, vampires, libraries, mysterious manuscripts, rich historical details, romance, family drama…did I mention libraries and mysterious manuscripts? This is a really fun, complex and romantic trilogy, you guys!
This trilogy is always being referred to as “Twilight for adults,” but I think that, of the three, the only book that applies to in the slightest is this one. As the various mysteries and plotlines are being introduced, everything ties back in so heavily with the main romance between Diana and Matthew (who, yes, is a vampire). If you’re willing to pay attention though, the plot basically explodes as the series continues and this trilogy becomes so much more than just another paranormal romance trilogy!
I love historical fantasy – adore it, even. The fact that this book is so markedly different from the first is just cool. Most of the secondary characters we know and love from the first book get set aside here for a whole new cast to meet from Elizabethan England. I think the decision to set basically this entire book in the past was so gutsy and smart. The mystery surrounding the Ashmole manuscript deepens and we learn a lot more about Matthew’s fascinating family.
I was so impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy, you guys. The plot got so fascinatingly complex and twisty! So many dangling plot threads – from small to large – get picked back up in the most interesting ways. Characters from both the first and second books all come together and…man, it’s just so great. The payoff of following this story to the conclusion is as grand as it is satisfying! I won’t spoil anything for you, but seriously. If you are at all a fan of paranormal romance with a rich, engaging plotline that isn’t just window dressing? This trilogy is worth your time!