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ALSO BY MARIE TREANOR
Blood on Silk
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To this book’s editor, Jesse Feldman, who took on an unexpected job with grace and kindness! Thank you!
She who stirs the Ancient will end his power and make way for the rebirth of the world, for the dawn of the new vampire age. She will smite his friends and cleave to his enemies, who would end all undead existence. To see the new age, she must give up the world.
—The prophecy of the Ancient vampire Luk, as witnessed by a sixteenth-century vampire hunter
Cast of Characters
Cynthia (Cyn) Venolia:
An untrained psychic who senses the presence of the paranormal. Friend of Rudy Meyer, her partner in killing vampires.
Dr. Elizabeth Silk:
The Awakener; descendant of Saloman’s killer, Tsigana; Saloman’s companion. An academic recently awarded her PhD, she accidentally awakened Saloman more than a year ago. Her blood is necessary to Saloman if he’s to reach his full strength.
Senator Grayson Dante:
A powerful U.S. politician and onetime Grand Master of the American Order of Vampire Hunters. Disgraced and replaced as Grand Master following his pursuit of Saloman’s sword and his quest for immortality, which involved kidnapping Dmitriu and Josh Alexander. Elizabeth prevented Saloman from killing him during the rescue at Buda Castle.
Rudolph (Rudy) Meyer:The Vampire Hunters
New Yorker, descendant of Saloman’s killer, Ferenc. Survivor of a vampire attack, he has allied with Cyn to hunt and kill vampires.
An expert in the science and technology of hunting. A strong hunter; having killed many vampires, he’s absorbed their strength. Member of the Budapest vampire hunter network.
Leader of the first hunter team. Elizabeth’s friend. A descendant of Saloman’s killer, Ferenc, which gives him extra strength. Member of the Budapest vampire hunter network.
Operations manager, supervising the hunter teams. Ex–field hunter. Member of the Budapest vampire hunter network.
She and Elizabeth formed a close friendship during the original campaign to kill Saloman. Also a veteran hunter with the strength of many kills. Member of the Budapest vampire hunter network.
Librarian and second in command of the Budapest hunters, under the Grand Master of the Hungarian order. Inclined to secrecy and preservation of traditional ways.
Leader of the Turkish hunters.
Owns the Angel Club in Budapest.
The younger of the two vampires created by Saloman. More powerful than most modern vampires, he’s nevertheless always avoided power struggles and sought a peaceful life among humans. A year ago, he directed Elizabeth Silk to the crypt where she awoke Saloman.
Saloman’s cousin, the friend and mentor who turned him into a vampire. He fell into insanity toward the end of his existence, growing jealous of Saloman’s power and of his relationship with the beautiful Tsigana. He then attacked Saloman, who slew him.
Saloman’s elder creation. After betraying Saloman, he seized power and lost it a century later to the more brutal Zoltán. He lives now in isolation, hidden on an uninhabited Scottish island, from which he emerged a year ago to support Saloman in his battle against an alliance of Zoltán, Elizabeth, and the vampire hunters.
The last of the Ancients. Their race is older than humanity and had the ability to achieve immortality by reviving their dead and drinking living blood. His body was hidden in a Romanian crypt until revived accidentally by Elizabeth Silk a year ago. Having taken his revenge, his remaining ambition is to rule both the human and vampire worlds.
Leader of the vampires in North America. Based in New York, he managed to take over the leadership of the whole continent after Elizabeth killed his rival Severin. A recent ally of Saloman’s.
hen the earth moved, the vampire Saloman felt a surge of exquisite pleasure almost akin to sexual release. The tension in him snapped, broken by the rush of rare, intoxicating fear.
Dawn approached, and he was too close to the earthquake’s center for safety, too isolated in these Peruvian mountains to be discovered should he become buried under an immovable fall of rock. Already he could hear the thunder of incipient avalanches and landslides drowning out the lesser destruction of man-made edifices, but if he honed his supernatural hearing, he could just about make out the distinctive thuds of collapsing wood and masonry in the distant villages. The sounds of wreckage brought him a certain amount of satisfaction. The villages were already empty of life—he’d seen to that over the past couple of weeks.