(The Captive Series #3)
Trade Paperback, 234 pages
CreateSpace, November 23, 2013
Dystopian Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Stevens has given us yet another highly compelling installment, in this, her Captive Series! The fourth and final volume, Salvation, will be out this June, and I can hardly wait....
Braith and Aria set off to find allies to fight the war that will topple Braith's cruel father, the current king, from his throne. As the next in line, Braith is the one expected to take over for the king, and bring an end to the brutal practices his father has had in place for years. Chief among these is the practice of vampires owning humans as bloodslaves. Max, Aria's best friend, has not gotten over the experience of being owned by the female vampire who claimed him as her bloodslave in the first book, Captured. Aria herself has seen first-hand just how cruel this practice can be, although, in her own experience, she was treated with kindness by Braith, her captor, who ended up falling in love with her, and then joining the resistance to fight against the king.
The problem is that Braith, who refuses to acknowledge that he's a natural leader, does not want to be the next king. He is only willing to lead the allied forces -- aristocratic vampires who are outcast from the Empire, together with the human resistance -- in the assault on the Imperial palace. After that, he wants to relinquish the reigns to a worthy successor, and go away to live in peace with his beloved, the human Aria.
Braith's brother, Jericho, now known as "Jack", is frustrated by this. He wants Braith to not only lead the rebellion, but to rule as king afterward, as well. Braith's friends and allies agree. But Braith knows that his fellow vampires will never accept a human as his Queen. He could turn Aria into a vampire, but, since many humans do not survive the change, he's afraid to take the risk. This is very sweet of him, and strongly reminds me of Edward's dilemma in this regard, in The Twilight Saga.