Phury, twin to Zsadist is slowly killing himself. His drug habit is spiralling out of control, he’s in love with his twin’s wife and he’s hearing a sadistic voice in his head. It’s only a matter of time before he self destructs completely. Having sacrificed his freedom already for Vishous’ happiness, he is now supposed to be the Primale, the Vampire race’s primary male to help refresh the gene pool with the Scribe Virgin’s Chosen. Yet he remains celibate, as he has been since the vow he took when he went to rescue his twin. Cormia is the Chosen who has been put forward as his primary female, having lived and grown up in the Scribe Virgin’s domain, never having been to the ‘other’ side, she is confused by the role that has been placed on her. She finds she wants more than the simple life laid out for her but can Phury put enough of himself back together to fulfill his duty or will Cormia be sent back to the Scribe Virgin’s domain and resign herself to never living out her dreams.
I actually found this book very bittersweet. Phury has been such a constant presence in the series and witnessing him slowly spiral out of control has been very sad. Until now he’s always managed to pull himself back from the edge and I thought it would end up being resolved very quickly at the start of this book so that other events could take place. I was wrong and it ended up being a very powerful and poignant journey with Phury and the fight for his life and mind. Cormia is such an innocent having grown up in the scribe virgin’s realm and had never experienced life as we know it. It was refreshing seeing certain things anew through her eyes, even such a simple things as colours.
At times I did want to shake both of them and point out the obvious but really, those parts were well done given what both characters had been through and their individual insecurities. It’s easy to see what is right in front of someone else’s face, your own, not so much.
By the end I felt I’d read something special and been through an emotional journey that had sorrow, joy, sheer guts and above all, love.