Title: Biting Cold
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #6
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: New American Library
5th sentence, 74th page: “Good luck,” he said, then disappeared across the field.
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye – and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing – among humans or nonhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest to tail a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the artifact for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
Things went seriously wrong in Drink Deep, (although, there was a silver lining at the end) and Biting Cold is all about fixing these mistakes. Chasing down Mallory, coming to terms with Ethan’s return and just generally pursuing the personification of power gone wrong leads to an incredibly fast paced book that starts as soon as you break the spine of the book.
The troubles which Merit goes through to right the wrongs of Mallory are a poignant reminder of the fact that there is sometimes no excuse for one’s actions – no matter how uncomfortable and sick they may be. Merit’s inability to forgive her former best friend and difficulties in overcoming her mistrust are a great way in which to highlight the true consequences of Mal’s selfish actions – her isolation from and destruction of her own relationships.
Many stories focus on the duality of good and evil; the black and white separation of peoples and their actions. However, Neill reminds us that this isn’t the way to view the world – everything is coloured in shades of grey, and nothing is inherently good or inherently evil.