This is the second book in the trilogy that began with Black Swan Rising. I read that a few weeks ago as part of the Transworld Book Club and loved it so much that I had to get my hands on this second book. Although the first book was fairly self-contained it left me curious enough about the characters and what was going to happen to them next that I needed to read more.
Synopsis – taken from back cover of book:
The last in a long line of women sworn to guard our world against evil, jeweller Garet James is struggling to come to terms with who – or what – she really is.
Will Hughes, the alluring four-hundred-year-old vampire who tasted her blood and saved her life, could help, but he’s disappeared. Garet believes he’s in France, searching for the Summer Country, the legendary land of the Fey where he might be freed from his vampire curse.
Desperate to understand her legacy, Garet follows Will. In Paris, she encounters strange, mythic beings – an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the city’s oldest tree, a gnome who lives beneath the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens – meetings that convince her she is on the right path.
But Garet is not the only one trying to find the way in to the Summer Country – and the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes…
So, The Watchtower. Where the first book takes place mostly in New York, this one takes you further afield as a lot of Garet’s story takes place in France. Part of that is in Paris and the descriptions of Garet’s time there are wonderful. There’s a blurring of the real Paris and the parts that exist only in the author’s imagination. And now in mine. From Paris, Garet and her new companion, who is a fabulous character, travel in search of the Summer Country.
Not all of the book is from Garet’s point of view this time. Some of it is set in the past and tells Will’s story. You learn how he met Marguerite and became a vampire in the first place. His story is interwoven with Garet’s and is full of detail. I really enjoyed that part of the book as it added a lot of background to the character. You also learnt quite a bit about Marguerite at the same time.
Towards the end of the book the story gets more and more intriguing. It builds the tension up right to the last page and the ending is superb. I won’t give it away but it certainly had me thinking trying to analyse what had happened over the past few pages. I think I know who and what, and maybe why, but I really need the third book to find out for sure. And to find out how it all ends.