Magiere, a dhampir and Leesil, half human, half elf and their accompanying Majay-hi dog/wolf hound are adventuring, journeying to their destiny.
Magiere misses their tavern in Miiska, she yearns for security and sensibility.
By now, Magiere and Leesil are partners, both in business and in their personal relationships.
When a vampire attack occurs in Bela, the capital city, Magiere is summoned yet she wants nothing more than to forget her past, Leesil however, feels entirely differently and eventually persuades her to venture out to deal with the vampire and her own history once again.
Characters from the previous novel appear once again, Ratboy is back, freed of his maker and now slightly more civilised and having elevated himself. Welstiel is another, his character develops enormously and we learn much more of his intentions and personal catalysts.
New information is revealed about Chap, his lineage and his abilities, his involvement with the characters becomes even more crucial and his destiny is inextricably interwoven with Magiere and Leesil and their new companion, Wynn.
The characters are presented is in even greater detail than ever before, the new characters are emotionally connected very quickly, it's almost impossible to imagine that they were not there in the first novel.
There are a great deal of difficult issues to deal with in this novel, Magiere's history, Leesil's childhood, Chap's heritage and then suddenly an assassin appears, intent on murdering Leesil, now deemed a traitor to his race.
Before the end of the story we are presented with a new story beginning for the next novel, a story arc which continues for some time and introduces yet more new characters and more compelling story telling.
It is described as a mix of Lord Of The Rings and Buffy and I'd say that's fairly accurate.
I really enjoyed the whole story and was keen to comb Amazon for the next one, which sure enough I found, furthermore, several more have been released since and created a fabulous series by Barb and JC Hendee which I would recommend to all fantasy fiction readers.