Weeks after the tumultuous events that capped off the danger and suspense in Reclamation, Seiran Rou is still suffering the psychological aftereffects of a past, long thought dead, that came back to claim him.
A man from Gabriel Santini’s past wants Seiran dead, not because he really has anything against Sei personally, but because Andrew Roman knows that Sei is the key to making Gabe suffer unspeakable pain. It doesn’t seem to matter where they go or how far away the get; Andrew is a vampire who will do whatever it takes to see vengeance wrought.
Though Conviction is technically Kelly Harding (Sei’s best friend) and Jamie Browan’s (Sei’s half-brother) story, it’s the dogged pursuit of Sei that’s the catalyst for bringing Kelly and Jamie together. Told in alternating first person points of view, the reader has the opportunity to experience the thoughts and feelings of both men, which was a nice change of pace from the limited viewpoint of the single first person narrator. I felt it gave the story just a touch more edge, as the reader could see what Jamie and Kelly couldn’t, could hear the thoughts they were too hesitant to say to each other, and could witness firsthand how tenuous the bonds of family can be when trust is something that’s so difficult to give and to earn.
Overall, I think Conviction is a nice complement to the series, not necessarily as a vehicle to advance the world building or political underpinnings of the Dominion and Ascendance, but as a way to highlight how the magic of this world works. It seems that the more a man is willing to sacrifice, the more he stands to gain in this realm, and Kelly was willing to give entirely of himself in exchange for the lives of those he loves.
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