|“||"We are bonded now. We will face it together. Your destiny is mine as well. We shall live or die together".||”|
— Jack and Schuyler, together for ever?
The stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler and Jack depart for Egypt, desperate to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face his twin, Mimi, for a blood trial. A blood trial that only one of them can survive. But everything Schuyler thought she knew about the gate turns out to be a lie, and they soon find themselves ensnared in a deadly battle against the demon-born. Schuyler and Jack take up arms, only to realize that there is a much graver threat simmering in the Kingdom of the Dead. Meanwhile, determined to save the only vampire she still loves, Mimi has followed Kingsley Martin into Hell. With the help of her new human Conduit, Oliver, Mimi makes a bargain with the Queen of the Dead that she may soon regret. When the time comes to choose between love and revenge, both Mimi and Oliver will learn the true meaning of sacrifice. Confronted by danger, betrayal, and loss at every turn, the Blue Bloods must find the will to fight—and love—another day.
About the storyEdit
- Main characters : Schuyler Van Alen • Oliver Hazard-Perry • Jack Force • Mimi Force • Kingsley Martin • Allegra Van Alen • Stephen Chase • Charles Force
- Secondary characters : Deming Chen • Dehua Chen • Lennox Brothers • Forsyth Llewellyn • Catherine of Siena • Mahrus Abdelmassih • ...
- Minor characters : Helda • ...
- Locations : Cairo • Hell • Alexandria • ...
- Terms : Blue Bloods • Silver Bloods • Gate of Promise • Orpheus Amendment • ...
|Jack and Schuyler travelled to Egypt in an attempt to find the Gate of Promise and to find a solution to Jack's impending blood trial, the confrontation between him and Mimi in which only one of them can survive. The two lovers searched Alexandria for the Gate along with its gatekeeper, Catherine of Siena, but understood that it was another false lead... and headed to Cairo, where the real Gate is located. In the meantime, they hope to find a way to keep Jack from facing Mimi’s wrath. But in Cairo, they are kidnapped by none other than Deming Chen, Dehua Chen and the Lennox twins, Sam and Ted. With them, they learn that Red Blood women are being taken in order to birth 'Nephilim' to be used in Lucifer’s fight to regain access back into Heaven.
Mimi, still intent on making Jack pay for breaking their bond, first wanted to rescue Kingsley Martin from the Hell in which he put himself. She and Oliver went on a mission to find him, and Mimi prepared everything for the trade she would have to make in Hell - a soul for a soul — knowing that to free her true love, she would have to take advantage of Oliver’s presence. But when they found Kingsley, she was shocked to learn that he was content living in Hell and appeared to have lost all interest in her, much to her dismay. Only when Kingsley finally learnt of Mimi’s true reason for travelling to Hell that he realized the mutual misunderstanding and revealed his true feelings for her.
The last part of the story gives us more backstory of Allegra Van Alen's love affair with her human familiar, Schuyler's father. Back in the late 1970s, Allegra Van Alen had developed deep feelings for Ben but forced herself to stay away from him before it went too far. Knowing that she was Charles's true bondmate and that the two of them were meant to be together, she attempted to resist the deep attraction she felt for Ben, byt Charles discovered what was happening between the two of them and tried to keep Allegra on the right path, to protect her from making a dire mistake. However, she cannot help but be drawn to Ben, even though she is plagued with visions of herself lying unconscious in a hospital bed as a result of her temptations... She cannot turn her back on love...
Finally, Jack confronted Mimi face to face... But, instead of killing her, he told her of a way that could possibly free them both of their bond... Back in Hell, Lucifer might be the only way for them to survive.
- The town featured on the cover is Cairo.
- An official trailer had been released on Melissa's official website site before its publication.
- This book is the first of the main storyline to contain Allegra Van Alen's story.
|Blue Bloods Universe: Novels|
Misguided Angel • Lost in Time • Wolf Pact (#1, #2, #3, #4) • Gates of Paradise
Vampires of Manhattan • White Nights
"Just Another Night in Suck-City" • "Always Something There to Remind Me" • "Ring of Fire"
Triple Moon • Double Eclipse