I have never highlighted more passages or bookmarked more pages than I did while reading this book. Honestly this review is going to be difficult to write without just quoting the story. Threhan is such a sexy bad-ass that just about everything he says and everything that describes him makes me love him. This review will probably be more Trehan gushing than anything else. If that bothers you, then skip to the end. :-)Let's just start with Trehan - a centuries old vampire assassin in line for the throne. So yeah, he is pretty good at his job. "That's the thing about an assassin - wiv each kill, he risks capture or death himself. A long-lived assassin means he wins every single time."Which of course means he is not used to losing. Ever. So he is understandably upset when Bettina doesn't immediately go to him. But he is not afraid of fighting - and killing - for her. And he proves he's earned every year he's lived.Oh and did I mention he lives in a library. Not that he has one, but has made the library his bedroom. O_OHe is also very practical: "Know that I'll kill the Horde vampire for free." At her frown, he explained, "I will require his tent for the duration." And then he was gone.I have got to stop talking about Trehan, otherwise you will think there are no other characters worth liking in this story. One of MY FAVORITE side characters is Morgana. She is an unapologetic evil bitch - and I love every second she is on the page. Raum had once asked Bettina, "How can you even tell your godmother loves you?" "One, because Morgana keeps visiting me in a realm she hates. Two, because I keep surviving the visits ..." In a distracted tone, Morgana answered, "Do excuse me. Someone needs to die."I got some strange looks on the airplane when I laughed out loud at that last one. No regrets.Honestly, anything I say is just going to be me gushing about this book. It was fabulous.