A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long...
Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City.
With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire...
In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything...
What I liked: It’s Merit’s birthday….she’s been a vamp for a year now and Ethan is taking her to her first Chicago Cubs game since she was turned. Karma has something else in mind for the couple and the people accompanying them though. A dead shifter seemingly killed by a vampire. The shifter is one of Gabriel’s pack or was one.
The plot and subplots in Midnight Marked was a mystery waiting to be unwrapped. There is sorcery, Alchemy and tension between the Wolves and the Vampires. Could this be a divide and conquer scenario from Adrien Reed of The Circle? There is action galore in this installment and the tension and in-fighting might take a toll on the paranormal community. Take a breath and dive in, Midnight Marked moves so fast it’s like riding a roller coaster.
The other thing I really, really enjoyed was the further development of the characters. Ms Neill seems to be giving each one more depth and less teenage angst. It started "growing up" in the last book, Dark Debt and continues in this one. While Merit and Ethan are still the stars, the co-stars are coming more into their own. It’s really weird when I actually find myself liking Merit’s father, Joshua. We got glances of “goodness” in the last book and this one shows why he’s gotten as far as he has in his business, he’s pretty smart. Some of the other characters I’ve loved to hate and those I loved to love are going through some changes that completely gave me another side of their personality. Yeah, naming names would spoil your fun!
Ethan and Merit are continuing to act like grown-ups and I think I only had to roll my eyes at Ethan a couple of times. Still not totally enamored but he is stepping up. They seem more at ease with each other instead of walking on eggshells through half the book. Catcher and Mallory are becoming more and more important to the scheme of things, especially when they work together.
What I didn’t like: I was very surprised when I tried to think back about anything that seemed off or aggravated me. I couldn’t find anything! Yay!
Between the last book and Midnight Marked, I’m back to loving this series and recommending it again to other readers. I now remember back to the first couple of books and feel Ms Neill has a great handle on where she’s taking the series. And oh yeah, I LOVED the ending!