After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.
This world Ms Salidas has created is gritty and very compelling reading. Once I pick it up, I don't want it to end and yes, there's a wee bit of a cliffhanger. These characters are so varied and initially I'd thought Lucian, the human who finally wised up to the atrocities occurring, might be paired off with Mira. Well, surprise surprise, the author has thrown a huge curve ball here with the introduction of Stryker.
Stryker is the alpha shifter who is tasked with ensuring Mira’s compliance. It's not a romance but the dynamics are shifting and whilst I'm never a fan of triangles, seeing Mira come to terms with the idea of friends and allies was like a ray of sunshine. Her life has been dark and truly abysmal leaving her bloodthirsty in more ways than one, but she's on a path that could quite literally change the world!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review and frankly can't wait to read more!