Friday, November 23, 2012
Author: Diana Graves
4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
“Go straight into the heart of danger, for there you will find safety.” Living vampire and all around supernatural mutt, Raina Kirkland hides in her aunt’s enchanted house from a demon that wants her dead. That is until she makes a deal with him. She has seven days to comply with his demands…but a lot can happen in a week.
Saturday: two master vampires ask for her undead loyalty, and two family crisis’s fall on her door step. Sunday: she dodges shady characters, discovers that she’s part muse, and rescues her brother from the torturous clutches of a demented man with connections to the monster mafia. Monday: makes the previous two days look like walks on the beach in comparison. A lot can happen in a week, indeed; people to save, lessons to learn, wars to fight, revelations to be had, and demons to sate.
I cannot say enough how much I am enjoying this series. Diana did not disappoint with her second book Mortal Sentry. You pretty much pick right back up where we left off in Fatal Retribution. Raina is still trying to deal with becoming a living vampire, being extricated from her mother and brother, and now being hunted by a Demon. Life is never dull for Raina. In Mortal Sentry, Raphael has made a deal with Raina in exchange for her life. She must take care of his relative Thomas, the child who was saved in the battle against Admetus. Raina doesn’t even have a home but now she must become the parent to a six year old. In addition, she is being sought after to hunt down a family member for the Gianes. Only this family member is someone she knows, Nenet. While trying to dodge the Gianes, Rania’s half-sister Katie, comes to her for help from her abusive step-father Jed. When the time comes, Raina will need help, but this help comes from the most unexpected person, Alistair. When the Gianes finally reveal what they really want from Raina, it will take all of Alistair’s people including Damon to destroy them.
Rania has grown as character since book 1. She seems to become more independent and self-reliant. She also finally steps up to a relationship which shocked the hell out of me. It’s not who you think people! I see such growth and creativity from Diana in book 2, and as a writer she impresses me with her ability to keep you guessing throughout the story. When I’m reading her books, I often compare them to the series Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. Trouble always seems to find these two women. I hope you enjoy reading more of Rania’s adventures in Mortal Sentry because I definitely did. I can’t wait for book 3. Enjoy.