The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost. But not all survivors were human. In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators. And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising... and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city's Regent, her destiny is changed forever. Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision - to become Mira's patron changes more than just Lucian's perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted - a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers. Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?
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Dark and Gritty with Human masters & Vamp slaves
This isn't your typical dystopian book, and its great to see a different take on this genre. We usually get stories about surviving in times of post apocalyptic hardship in an end of the world scenario. Here however the world has been rebuilt. Instead of vampires and humans getting along together we have humans who have made the vampires their slaves. Brilliant. Humans are still the ultimate predators. A great premise and a good store with all of the characters, no matter how minor, well thought out and described.
Mira's character is a strong kick ass Woman/vampire who stands her ground no matter what punishment she may have to endure. I liked the strength and determination of the character.
I really enjoyed the narration which brought the characters and this world to life.
To be honest I really enjoyed the book in its entirety. It's a vampire story with a different take on the vampire/human world. Vampires are not the predators or dominant/superior for once as in this story they have become the prey. Humans are dominant and as always we are capable of good, evil, interest and we can be better or worse than we are raised to be.
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- Tony Bough