Series: Dreg City #4
Published by Bantam on January 31st 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay.
Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twice as lethal. Worse, the Halfies are joined by a breed of were-creature long believed extinct—back and more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Evy’s attempts at reconciliation with the man she loves take a hit after Wyatt is viciously assaulted—an attack traced to Thackery, who has not given up his quest to exterminate all vampires... even if he has to destroy Dreg City to do it. With Wyatt’s time running out, another threat emerges from the shadows and a staggering betrayal shatters the fragile alliance between the Triads, vampires, and shapeshifters, turning Evy’s world upside down forever.
Instead of picking up where Another Kind of Dead ended (like Meding usually does) we find Evy and the gang a couple of weeks after the events of AKoD. Which leads us to some flashback chapters to help bridge the gap in time. And thank goodness for those flashbacks. I had a WTF moment when it came to Evy and Wyatt’s relationship. I know it had been a little over a year since I listened to AKoD and I felt like I was forgetting something. I almost stopped reading so I could re-listen to the last few chapters of AKoD but all is explained in the flashbacks.
Evy’s world is once again turned upside down. The Triads are gone and now the humans, vampires and Therians (weres/shifters) are working together toward a common goal. Take down Thackery, the Dreg City’s answer to Dr. Moreau. This time the evil bastard has kidnapped a small group of Therians with Phin’s family among the group. Oh and Thackery has a group of teenage werewolves working for him. But everyone thought that werewolves were extinct. Guess again, they are running around the city and the Assembly (leaders fo the Therians) is not very happy about it.
Evy and the gang are trying to find the missing Therians, werewovles and Thackery and not to mention still dealing with Halfies (humans turned vampire). But to make things even more interesting there’s a new breed of Halfies, ones that aren’t the insane blood thirsty animals the Triads are used to hunting. No these are completely sane thanks to something Thackery has done to them.
In true Kelly Meding fashion, there is death, sadness, and finally some hope at the end of it all. I love the world and characters that Meding has created and I’m so happy that she has decided to continue the series after publisher dropped the series. It’s just another example of great writing that needs to be out there for readers to find.
If you love dark and gritty Urban Fantasy with a complex and kick ass heroine you should start with book one in the Dreg City series, Three Days to Dead. I’m off to start the self-pub and the 5th book in the series by Meding, Requiem For The Dead.