Left For Undead: Crimson Moon #6 *spoilers*

Left For Undead
Crimson Moon, book six
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 0312943024 (ISBN13: 9780312943028)

Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau earned a long vacation with her lover and fellow Shadow Wolf, Hunter, after the brutal wolf-like attacks that left New Orleans in an uproar. But when her team calls with news of vampire slayings, Sasha knows it’s only a matter of time before another war breaks out among the supernatural denizens of the world …

The vampires are nobody’s ally, but the cold-hearted deaths of their own kind make them even more bloodthirsty than usual. But who is the culprit? With the Seelie and Unseelie courts claiming innocence and aligning together, Sasha’s team is at a loss. Until they discover that they’re facing ancient creatures from the depths of hell itself, bent on unleashing pure fury …

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I love this series, but there is a hellalot going on, so I have to tell it like it goes. For my own sanity.

Hunter and Sasha are home from their extended vacation from the craziness that is their lives, still hot for each other as ever, when they receive word that the queen of the Unseelie has arrived at her ex-husband's castle, claiming to need aid and that she has been framed for opening Vampire resting places to the light of day. Cerridwen (the queen) and Sir Rodney (her ex) have major issues but manage to forgive the past in this present time. Garth, Rodney's adviser and ally to Sasha and Hunter, still doesn't trust her. With good reason. She's one crazy bitch.

And as we find Crow Shadow again, he's in Vegas. Getting married. Which nobody but Bear Shadow and Crow's very human, very pregnant, future wife Jennifer knows about. Sasha seriously needs to take a hand upside her brother's cranium.

Then there's Shogun. And while chemistry between he and Sasha still taunts me in sadistic ways, he's back with his own problems. He either marries a full blooded wolf shifter or is cast out from the pack, to which he is Alpha, and marries Amy Chen (the girl who was possessed by Shogun's evil aunt in the last book), producing half breeds from their union. Plus, she's Chinese and he's Korean. So that's a no-no on a human level.

Which all leaves marriage and babies the overall theme of what I suspect, and hope, will be the final installment of the Crimson Moon series since there's only so much a woman can take. The plot derives from the loose ends left over from the previous book as the demons seek payment for their actions in Never Cry Werewolf. I would have thought becoming mates would have cemented Hunter and Sasha's relationship but apparently there will always be scars from the past. Sasha really did hurt Hunter and he deserved a lot better than her trifling ass.

My one objection to the book would have been Shogun's wedding night. I so didn't need to be apart of that. 4 out of 5 stars.


Anonymous said...

I haven't read this novel, but I love your review of it, especially when you said that Hunter could do better than Sasha's "triflin ass." That was quite funny. I'm curious as to why you didn't like the wedding night. Too vulgar?

Ragan (Location 2571) said...

Not by any means was it vulgar. Banks' Crimson Moon series is a mild R at best. Nothing overly graphic in the sexual department at all.

My distaste for Shogun's wedding night was very personal. After so many books of him trying to get in Sasha's pants, I was over picturing him in a sexual situation. Basically, I just don't like the guy. =)