After what happened to Elena the last time she attended an immortal ball, it's no surprise she's not thrilled about attending another. But, before she has much time to worry about it, "Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease." These tragic events weaken the Tower's defenses at a time when they can ill afford it. Elena and Raphael race to find the cause, save their people and protect their city.
"Eternity would mean nothing without you. For no power on this earth would I trade my Elena."
For me, this was one of the best books in the series so far. Fans of the series will love seeing how Elena and Raphael not only continue to change, but grow as a couple and individuals. Each immensely strong and powerful in their own right, they are also realizing their true strength comes when they face things together. She reminds him of his humanity and he helps her navigate the immortal world.
In addition to learning more about about the couple, we are given further insight into Illium's past and punishment as well as seeing Aodhan creep out of his shell. I'm as frighteningly fascinated with Naasir as Elena. I am chomping at the bit for book #7. 2014 seems so very far away.