My. God. I have never read anything so enticing, so delicious that I just want to sit down and re-read it over and over again. From the very first page I was hooked on Varen. I fell for him hard. When Isobel started protecting him, I felt protective. He was one character that Ms. Kelly hit right on. She describe and wrote him so well, that for a moment, I knew this guy was real. That there was no way someone could write about Varen and have no one who inspired him. This book was so dark and intense. Even so, I was smiling all day long while I read this book. I don't think I ever done that. I know that my face shows a lot of emotions while I read a book and to know that my co-workers asked,"That must be a good book if your smiling like that." Indeed it was. Mr. Creagh, you have "WOW"ed me,... So intensely that I desperately would like to meet Varen and look into his dark, tense eyes and would like to know his life. I love everything about Isobel as well. I found that her character was not only inspiring but redeeming. I like how well Isobel characters showed all of her emotions. Nothing hiding but all laid for all to see. If you like dark, angst book with a real life love that goes beyond death, you should read this. I loved this book and can not wait to see what Ms. Creagh writes next!