On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.
Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.
Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.
When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.
Being a fan of Hunter’s since I first found the Elemental series by accident a few years ago, I am a complete fan of the writing, and stories that Hunter shares with us.
This story was one that I really enjoyed because of how at odds Anne and Murphy both are. There were a few times where I really doubted they would be able to get past everything, and even now, I’m still shaking my head.
There was a bunch of twists and turns that happened in this story that added to the overall feel of it. One thing that I do love about it is that the story continues on for those of us who have read the other books in the series. I do think that you can read it if you haven’t read the other books, because enough information is given about what all is going on, and what has happened, that you can still enjoy it.
Anne and Murphy’s characters were really well-written and well done. Which you come to expect when you read a book by Hunter. I love how we get to find out about those two, their pasts, and what they have been doing while apart.
Not only that but we do get some updates on the other characters that we have previously met in the series. And it was done in a way that didn’t overtake the whole book.
Overall, once again I am blown away by Hunter’s books and I can’t wait for the next one in the series!