Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Into the Fire (Night Prince #4, Night Huntress Universe #13) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on February 28, 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover Source: Library
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In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.
For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.
A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains graphic bloody violence, murder, death, captivity, torture, and mentions of suicide and rape.
Into the Fire is once again narrated by Leila and is the final book of the Night Prince series. With one enemy gone for good, Leila and Vlad have just one left. Too bad they can’t kill him without killing Leila as well. And when he’s held and tortured by and unseen enemy, they must rescue him and find a way to undo the spell linking Leila’s life with his.
Into the Fire was not a good ending to this series. Some things seems to be wrapped up. Not too neatly, of course. There has to be room for spinoffs, and the characters can’t be too safe and happy. Unfortunately there also seemed to be some added threads that led to nowhere. I’m wondering if those were just to add bulk, or if they’ll become important for future books?
The actual final battle of Into the Fire was relatively short. The majority of the finale is following Leila, Vlad, and Co. hop across the world looking for a magic practitioner who can help them. They’re assigned a guide in the form of a very horny vampire, whom you will recognize if you’ve read the Night Huntress series. Ian was such a fun addition, and I’m eager to get to his series next! This battle did not end well for him, and I need to know how he charms his way out of this mess! In fact, Ian was the only good part about this book. His final scene got me right in the feels.
As for other new characters, Leila and Gretchen go on an ancestor hunt when they learn that there’s more to them than meets the eye. I really did not enjoy part of the book, because it just felt…not genuine. Leila has bragged about being a quarter Cherokee before, but it felt like how most white people claim Native blood because apparently being white is boring. I don’t know. Well, now this is actually explored as she travels to find their mother’s clan and anyone who might have known her. Of course, who they find is not who they expected. I liked her, but I didn’t like how Leila basically gets to be a magical Native and a white person without any of the baggage.
It’s not really my place to critique the Cherokee representation, but it did rub me the wrong way with how it was shown. Not to mention, that this whole searching for her lineage and wanting to learn about her ancestors came to naught. Gretchen and great-great-great times a million grandmother disappear and we don’t hear from them again. She had given the girls a solution to the spell problem, but it was never used. So I’m wondering why this was there at all? It was also pretty gross how Leila wasn’t interested in her heritage at all until she needed something.
In the end, I didn’t enjoy Into the Fire. It left me unsatisfied. I was proud of Leila for saving her man and stopping a war from coming. But it was actually the side characters who stole the show. I was far more interested in them and who would survive so I could anticipate their future books. I will say that I read this the fastest of any of the books in the series thanks to short chapters…and just wanting it to be over.