This one had an odd segue. It was so abrupt I kept thinking I missed a book. But blammo...you've got Carrow, Regin, Melanthe, Lothaire, and a whole host of other Lore imprisoned on a cloaked island run by the Initiative, erm...I mean the Order. They're mortals who don't trust the Lore, want to investigate them, and somehow make them stop. And at their helm is Declan Chase who may actually be a lackey and may actually be Aidan the Bezerker (which may explain why he likes to perform daily vivisections on Regin). In the fray comes 7 year old Ruby, baby witch, and hostage for Carrow. Declan wants her to go to Oblivion a hell dimension and bring back the baddest Vemon ever, Malkom Slaine. He's so beyond "humanity" and "redemption" that he himself only lives for death and punishment of his enemies. And given that he's hording water on a desert world...that's pretty much anyone. But as with all "villains", you realize there's a reason for his pain: he's a much abused man, former child blood slave used for other reasons as well (think Zsadist from BDB series), betrayed into that slavery by his mother, etc., etc. He's a Toranth demon turned Vemon by a Horde viceroy. Naturally, Carrow is the one who's blooded and mated to him and he goes bezerkers in a non-Aiden kind of way. As with "opposites attract", you can't get more different than affluent witch and revled, illegitimate vemon. Yet as different as they are, there were similarities.
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