Edie Spence dives into darkness in series finale _lowres


“Bloodshifted” by Cassie Alexander. St. Martin’s, 2014. $7.99.

Edie Spence is back and is going somewhere she never dreamed she would — straight into vampire territory.

In order to save her baby and herself, Edie travels down into the catacombs of a vampire nightclub. She made a deal with a vampire a long time ago and it has come back to bite her. She’ll do whatever it takes to keep herself, her baby and her fiancé safe because she was finally starting to get her life back on track.

Edie thinks she’s prepared for this adventure after years of working as a nurse in the secret Y4 ward, where they helped all kinds of patients, including those of the vampire variety. But after Edie gets down there, she discovers she may not know it all after all, and that this journey may be a lot harder than she was expecting.

This is the last installment of the Edie Spence series and Cassie Alexander sends it out with a bang. This novel is gripping, witty and full of exciting characters. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, “Nightshifted,” you should probably go grab that and read all the way through. This book could be read on its own, but it would make a lot more sense to readers who are all caught up.

­— Juliette Brandt

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“On Her Majesty’s Behalf” by Joseph Nassise. Harper Voyager, 2014. $14.99.

Madman Burke, his steampunk arm and all the zombies are back in this second installment in Nassise’s sci-fi World War I series.

The shamblers of “By the Blood of Heroes” are now demonic shredders, a new, voracious kind of zombie monster, and they’ve taken England. Burke and his crew are out to rescue the British royal family despite the hordes of flesh-eating creatures, and they gallop from crisis to undead crisis with the speed of a cavalry charge.

There’s something dark looming over this fast-paced romp of a book, though, and Nassise leaves Burke — and us — hanging on by a thread at the end. Book Three can’t come soon enough.

— Beth Colvin, bcolvin@theadvocate.com