When she discovers that Reidon has aligned himself with the vampire Phillipe – a madman out to bring down the vampire Ancients, along with the pact of peace that's existed between vampires and the Catholic Church for hundreds of years – Septhi knows that her path to Reidon lies through Phillippe and one of his former followers. Jacques “Jack” Fortin is now allied with vampire elder James Wesley and his mate Evie in their fight against Phillippe. What Septhi needs from Jack is information on Phillippe: his habits, his hidey holes.
Before she can talk to Jack, Septhi's taken prisoner by Koda, an ancient Native American anzhenii. Koda is a guardian who protects his people from the fae – the bane of Native American existence throughout history. Koda detests the fae as much as Sephti. He abhors everything about Sephti that is fae, but he can't help but respond to her strength, determination, and goodness of heart, not to mention her beauty.
As their mistrust of one another turns to passion, Sephti and Koda become a formidable pair in defense of both humans and the vampires fighting Phillippe and Reidon. Their intense love must withstand fae treachery and the opening salvo of a war destined to engulf both humans and supernaturals, on a scale that will change the world – and their lives – forever.
Unlike its predescessor, Killing Time yanks you into the middle of the action in the first paragraph, never allowing you more than a couple breathers as you turn pages like mad, reading as fast as you can, all the way to the very last word, which will leave you smiling despite the cataclysm you know is coming. Closely akin to the author's Texas fae series, I wasn't sure exactly what direction this series would take after book one. I can tell you I was more than just pleasantly surprised. Book two takes up right where book one left off, albeit from a different prospective – that of Septi's first person point of view. Be prepared with a box of tissues. This book pulls you into some dramatically painful moments for both Sephti and Koda, but that's one of the reasons this book gets my Recommended Read. Although I enjoyed Ms. Paige's interpretation of the fae world, the Native American mythology thoroughly engrossed me. I know quite a bit about Native American history, but was lacking in my knowledge of their mythology, so I found this aspect of the story absolutely fascinating.
Well-written all the way around, the plot is never predictable or contrived. I loved the slow, sweet, and often bittersweet romantic build-up. Character dialogue is fundamentally authentic, and despite the story being told through Septhi's eyes, you're privileged to Koda's emotions through Elisa Paige's wonderful writing skills. She did a tremendous job of imbuing her characters with honest and believable emotions that run the gamut from comical to bittersweet.
Sephti's brutal life at the hands of the fae tugged mightily at my heart. Yet, it forged the strength and independence I so admired in her character. I really loved her innocent side in which she remained perplexed by the human condition and some of our inventions. While she can ride a motorcycle like a born biker, she was comically befuddled by an electronic shower. You just have to love this heroine.
What more can I say? This series rocks, making it my new favorite series! And Ms. Paige is my new favorite author! I can't wait for book three! And in the meantime, I'm going to read Maelstrom andShadowplay from the Texas fae series.
Please check out my review for: Time 1: Stealing Time.