He lay on the floor in a heap. A puddle of congealing gore, so dark it looked black, spread out around him and made the carpet fibers stiff.
When Patrick is murdered, Katelina is left with questions. Jorick, one of his so-called friends, has answers of the darkest kind: Patrick was involved with – and betrayed – a coven of vampires; vampires that may now be after Katelina.
The tale is fantastic, but the proof appears in a flash of fangs that Katelina and Jorick only just escape. Taken to a secret mansion, she discovers horror in its halls and learns the truth about her protector. Blood and destruction follow, and leave scars Katelina may never heal from.
The disturbing opener to the Amaranthine series pulls Katelina into darkness that tastes like fear and smells like blood, a world where night is eternal and vampires don’t sparkle.
Second Edition Release Notes:
I hate authors who rewrite their books, don’t you? That’s a little bit of ironic sarcasm, since I’ve done just that, though this isn’t a complete re-write. The original goal was to add some information and (hopefully) clear up some questions, but once I started I tidied up a few conversations, cut some words here, added some words there, and, well, now it’s a second edition. For the most part it’s the same; the same things happen in the same places (sorry, the scene at Claudius’ is what it is), the same people die, and Senya still smirks evilly. But in some instances what the characters say has changed. I’ve tried to make a couple of incidents more obvious, for instance how Katelina is able to recover after Claudius’ lair and why Troy does what he does, and updated Katelina’s answering machine (who has those nowadays?). If, in the process, I ended up chopping out a couple thousand words, know that they must have been superfluous and that you’re not missing anything. It just means you can get to book two faster, and that’s always a good thing. Right?
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