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Blade to the Keep

Blade to the Keep - Lauren Dane Book Info
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: December 9th 2013 by Carina Press
edition language English
series Rowan Summerwaite #2
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. She’s smart and strong and with the power of an ancient goddess in her belly, she’s the perfect candidate to re-negotiate the fragile Treaty keeping the peace between the Vampire Nation and the last line of defense for humanity, The Hunter Corporation. A meeting of the Joint Tribunal, and Rowan’s new status as Liaison sends her straight to the last place on earth she wants to be—The Keep.

Raised at the knee of The First, honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate around bloodthirsty opposition among Vampires and Hunters alike to avoid an all out war that puts humanity in the crosshairs.

And she’s got to do it as she attempts to manage a politically awkward romantic relationship with Scion Clive Stewart during a trip back to a place she escaped nearly fifteen years before. No pressure.

Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. If she leaves it to become something even more Other, she may lose even the shreds of home she has left.

My Thoughts

Book 1, [b:Goddess with a Blade|11374438|Goddess with a Blade (Rowan Summerwaite #1)|Lauren Dane|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328337149s/11374438.jpg|15088324] introduced the world, the characters and the mythology behind Rowan’s power source that allows her to be an unstoppable force when hunting vampires. That being said she was raised and trained amidst the vampires that she is bound by her duty to protect humans from. Now several months later we pick up the story as she is preparing for her first Joint Tribunal session as the newly appointed Liaison between the Hunter Corporation members and the somewhat divided in their loyalties members of The Vampire Nation.

There is unrest between factions in both groups and keeping her cool has never been harder for Rowan then it is while trying to negotiate with those who consider her to be inferior. Her newly formed relationship with Vampire Scion Clive Stewart is just another stumbling block that she must overcome before convincing all parties concerned that peace is much preferable to a war!

As events unfold the politics become brutal as do the measures taken by those opposed to the negotiations that Rowan and the Hunter Corp have proposed to amend the Treaty. As the tensions escalate and nerves fray Rowan is made aware that there is apparently magic being used that is keeping everyone on edge from lack of sleep, finding proof of the source seems to be a dead end but negating the effects with counter magic provided by a member of the Keeps household puts everyone back on an even keel allowing the meetings to progress as planned.

Further interruptions occur which provide Rowan no end of frustration but at long last over the course of several days all is ironed out to the leading members of the Joint Tribunal satisfaction.

After all the lengthy tension filled meetings Rowan sorts out the politics and mistakenly lets her guard down resulting in a vicious attack that leaves her body battered, broken and at deaths door. This was another wonderful foray into the series but not really happy about the abrupt ending because now have quite a wait till book 3 picks up the tale."

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]