Book Review: The Silver Dagger (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #2)
Hope you’re having a lovely April filled with those iconic showers. It’s been pretty drab here in KC recently, and as my grad school semester wraps up in a few weeks, I’m actually looking forward to the summer thanks to my boyfriend and I making a lot of fun plans. Personal updates aside, it’s book review time!
This time I continued my binge read of the Crimson Cove series with The Silver Dagger (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #2) by Alistair Cross.
I love, love, LOVED the first book of this series (you can check out my review below), and I had to give the next one a go to see how my favorite characters were going to carry on after the hellish aftermath of Gretchen VanTreese.
How did this sequel stack up? Keep on reading to find out!
Series Review Links
Brother Against Brother
Life in Crimson Cove has been good to the Colter Brothers since Gretchen VanTreese was staked and her horde of vampires scattered. Brooks is once again human, and Cade, the rare Sire Gretchen had determined to take as her mate, is in love. Then the unthinkable happens: Gretchen rises from the grave, and the brothers are torn apart, their lives – and the peace between them – shattered.
A Trail of Blood
When Cade comes into possession of an ancient ceremonial dagger he awakens a power so deadly it defies comprehension. Meanwhile, a serial killer is stalking the little mountain town, leaving a trail of blood that leads to a truth Sheriff Ethan Hunter doesn’t want to face. And unknown to either of them, Gretchen is preparing to reopen her notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset – and building an army to destroy her enemies and reclaim Cade Colter as her own.
A New Breed of Evil
The streets are no longer safe, nor are the forested paths, for a new and unknowable evil has come to Crimson Cove and everyone – vampire and human alike – must come together in order to survive.
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Okay, it’s official. I’m addicted to this awesome vampire series!
Continuing from the brutal happenings of The Crimson Corset, things seem to have calmed down. Cade loves his romantic relationship with Samantha, and he’s enjoying the new chapter in his life. But while our protagonist appreciates this peaceful era something dark stirs, and when a shocking event decimates the happiness Cade has known and throws his life into ruin, another dark chapter begins that will test his sanity and resilience.
Everything that I loved in the first book continued through in this one, and this book had me hanging on the edge of my seat in every chapter.
Poor Cade! I’m not going to spoil anything, but I really felt for him throughout this book. His personal journey is dark but understandable given the circumstances. He really has to dig to pull himself out of this impossible dilemma, and I respect him more for it.
Other characters were really great. I especially enjoyed Winter’s increased limelight in this one and the additional depth and backstory about Gretchen’s past. There is also a new mysterious character that kept things interesting and unpredictable as well.
Plotwise I think this novel moved a bit faster than the first, which I enjoyed since I was already familiar with all the characters. It was also very chaotic and went in a direction I’ve never seen before in previous vampire novels I’ve read. If I had one complaint, it would be that the end of the book didn’t feel like enough was wrapped up, but it makes sense where it stopped to prepare us for the next chilling chapter in Cade and the others in Crimson Cove’s lives, and I already have the next book because I can’t get enough.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable vampire series, you’ve got to pick this up!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!