Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.
After reading the first book in this series, I couldn't wait for this one. Mira and her group of 3 humans have escaped the city. Now finding the Sanctuary that she has always dreamed of, and honestly isn't sure really exists, is the goal. They travel and encounter a pack of shifters who patrol the perimiter to keep Sanctuary safe. Humans are forbidden to enter and Mira has to go in alone to plead for herself and them, but what will the price demanded be?
We find Mira to be a kick butt vampire in the first book, but she shows to be more than just a gladiator in this book. She negotiates, meets a hot wolf shifter, and still manages to go toe-to-toe with the powers in Sanctuary. The fact that the sanctuary she dreamed of was real the whole time and is just that (at least in appearance), made me happy. I didn't like the way they treated her human companions but I did like that she never gave up on them.
It was an absolute 5/5 for me. I love Mira and can't wait to see where the story goes from here.