The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.
In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising…and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.
Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision – to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.
Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?
Mira is the vampire who is loved and hated for the same reason, because she has a will of iron. No matter what they do to her she will not give up. She has been held as a slave in the gladiators ranks for 30 years and is one of the top fighters. She takes whatever they dish out to her and still keeps coming back.
When the Regent Lucian starts showering attention on her, and asking questions about being a vampire. Mira is weary, wondering why all the questions now. When Lucian just says he is trying to learn why she is different from what he has been told his entire life. Mira is very skeptical about giving too much information without knowing why he wants it all the sudden.
The Magistrate of all the colonies shows up and brings his best gladiators with him. As the matches are fault and the loosing vampires are put to death, the main event is announced . . . Mira vs Mitchell.
Mitchell is well fed and has better armored, with a deadly weapon. Mira has not been fed, little armor and only a small-sword. She fights the best fight but ends up loosing and is wishing for an honorable death. The Regent steps in to save her life. All is not what it seems, Mira wakes up immobilized in the medical facilities where Lucian is do medical testing on her per the Magistrates orders.
Shortly after both Mira and Lucian were listed as traders to the Magistrate and the punishment was death.
This is a wonderfully written action story! It is also left as a cliffhanger.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I have not read a book that followed this type of storyline. It really cough me from the moment I started it and kept my attention through out. Mira is great character, she is all about making life better for all vampires not just herself. Lucian starts out with questionable values but as things progress his reasons become clear.
I really can’t wait for the next book to come out!