This is a re-read for me, though this time, I'm listening to it through audible. I'd actually forgotten how much is in this book. Since I've seen the TV series a few times, and obviously, the screen leaves a lot out, I was glad to get back to the source. Not that I didn't enjoy the series. I did, but for different reasons...
I am not even a little bit ashamed to say that Kyle Schmid getting his vamp on was a big part of my enjoyment of the show, and pretty much the entire reason I'll watch it again. The rest of the cast were nothing to sneer at, either.
But back to the book. Yeah. Well worth the time to read or listen to. One thing I've always said Tanya Huff does well are strong but vulnerable female characters. I confess, I don't generall pick up a book with a female lead, but if it's a Huff book, I know it won't matter. I'll get a satisfying read about a strong character I can like, and with female characters, I'm a demanding bitch, so that's saying something.
The men in her books are sometimes not as strong, but Henry is an exception and Mike Celucci might be a little bit too Alpha and vacant for my tastes, but he does grow on you. Then of course, there's Tony. He plays a small role in this book, but a critical one, and he's just so...in-your-face and brass balls to cover up that he's just a kid and usually probably scared. I love him. Love. And I love that Henry falls for him a little bit, too.
Mostly, though, it's Tanya's voice that makes this book work. It speeds along like the subway, earthy and implacable and before you know it, your on the last chapter and needing the read the next one, and that's how it should be.
I'm more than happy I'm going through the series again, and by the time I'm finished the Blood books, I hope the Smoke books are available trough audio, because this book also reminds me that Tony was then, and is now, my absolute favorite character in the entire series.
We need more Tony, Tanya. Just saying....
(one caveat to the Audible books, I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of this narrator. She's a little nasal and draws her words out in a way that just doesn't appeal to me, personally.)