His name is Edge, and he is the last of a band of Immortals murdered by obsessed vampire-hunter Frank Stiles. Vengeance is Edge's obsession, but to destroy Stiles, he must find the woman called the Golden Child. A legend among the undead, Amber Lily is the only half human, half vampire ever born. She shares Edge's need to find Stiles - but she needs to keep him alive. Edge is exciting, irresistible, and despite herself Amber is drawn into his hunt, led by passion to the lair of an evil she may be unable to defeat - to the edge of twilight, where only the Immortals belong.
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This book is the 10th in Maggie Shayne's Wing's of the Night series. Audible, unfortunately, doesn't even list the series, but it is indeed part of a series. Audible only has books 7 and books 10 through 16 and books 1 and 2 of the followup series, Children of Twilight.
I mention the series element because there are a lot of characters in this book from previous books. In fact, the heroes and heroines from almost all the previous books are in this book at some point. This fact can get overwhelming for the listener who isn't familiar with the series. I, however, have read this series in print (as well as listened to book 7 on audio) up to this point, so I was familiar with the back story and the characters from previous novels. So while I suppose this book could stand alone, I don't think it would be nearly so go. The heroine, in particular, featured largely in previous books. She's very unique in the vampire world Shayne has created, so honestly, I can only hope that the rest of the series gets added to audible at some point.
Amber Lily is a unique young woman. She's the first child ever born to two vampires, and as such, she is hunted by their arch nemesis and fiercely protected by her vampire aquaintences. She isn't a vampire, but she does have special abilities that are similar. She can walk in the sun, and she doesn't need blood to survive, and is in constant danger from a villain named Frank Stiles, who hunts her ceaselessly.
Edge (short for Edger...hows that for making a boring name cool?) was a street thug. He was turned vampire and then left by his sire to fend for himself. The very same Frank Stiles murdered his young friends, and he's out for revenge. Knowing Stiles will be hunting for Amber Lily, he decides to find her first and be there when Stiles catches up so he can have his revenge.
They meet, and things take off from there. The love story between the two is rocky, but it worked for me. If you are following the series, much more about the nature of Amber Lily and the changes happening in the vampire world is revealed, and that is really the books strength.
Consequently, I loved this book, since I've read the previous stories in the series, and would highly recommend it to those who love vampire tales. However, as a starting point, this book probably isn't your best bed. I'd suggest reading the first few books with your eyes (or waiting for them to come out on audible), before buying this one.
There is also a bonus hour or so, a prequel to a later book in the series, and I was very surprised and pleased to find it tagged onto the end of this recording. For me: win/win!
- Robbie "I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked."
too long and boring
I love vampire books but this one was not one of them. All the different characters and some with different accents had my head spinning. I almost stopped listening but stuck it out since I used up a credit for it. Wish I would have gotten another book!