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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…
Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.
When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
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This is by far the longest series I’ve ever read! I’m not usually a big fan of long series, and unless it’s Vampire Academy or Georgina Kincaid, and Bloodlines I don’t care for series with more than 3 books. Hell, I even have so many unfinished trilogies and duologies that I just lost interest in so sticking with a 13 book series is a pretty big deal for me. I do think longer series work best in paranormal books, which is one of the many reasons this long series just worked for me. I’ve been reading this series 2008 or 2009 so when I heard this would be the final book, I was sad. Ethan and Merit and the rest of the gang have become part of my fictional friends, the memorable characters that always stay with you and one of my favorite romantic relationships. I was super nervous to read this book because it’s the finale and we always know authors usually always feel the need to kill off loveable characters just for shock value (I hate HATE that!), and who knows, maybe things don’t exactly end how I was hoping they would. But, throughout the whole book (even though there were some nerve wrecking moments) and especially at the end, I had a smile on my face. Although it wasn’t a perfect book (are they ever?), for this long time fan of the series it was a worthy series finale.
The moment I’ve been waiting for years, Ethan and Merit’s wedding is finally here, but not without its complications of the supernatural kind. I’m not usually the kind of girl that equates marriages to happily ever afters, but for Ethan and Merit’s case I wanted a wedding for them dammit, and it was perfect. It fit them perfectly. Like always, I loved how this story is more than just Merit and Ethan ad how much their friends are involved. And to this book, one of my absolute favorite things about this series is the relationship between Ethan and Merit. I’ve always been a fan with how mature they handle their conflicts. They can disagree with things, fight and argue without resorting to juvenile teens whose first instinct is to break up at the first sign of an argument. I will always love how passionately they can argue with each other while still loving and respecting each other.
There were a few things that I wasn’t too happy about: the dragon thing was a little bit weird and maybe went n a bit too long and although the prophecy felt like a bit of an afterthought the author threw in at the end to appease us fans, I was happy with how it all turned out. I think I (and other readers) were expecting more out of the prophecy, which is why it felt like a little bit of a let down. But despite my issues, Ethan and Merit are still one of my favorite couples so it was hard not to be happy with how everything turned out at the end. It’s been one hell of a long ride, with ups and a few downs (Hard Bitten…ugh), but I’m still glad I read this series despite the fact that vampire books are so 2008 because this is so much more than a vampire book. It has great romances and friendships with really good character arcs and a great story. If you’re ever in the mood for a great paranormal series, the Chicagoland Vampire series is one of my favorites. I’ve been listening to half the series in audiobook form and those are great too if you prefer that route. Goodbye Ethan and Merit, I’ll miss you guys!
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