Title: Into the Fire (Night Prince #4)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: February 28th 2o17
Genre: Paranormal Romance
In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.
For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.
A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
A couple months ago at the beginning of 2017, I was compiling my list of most anticipated reads. Into the Fire was an immediate choice for the list. I’m a big fan of vampire romances, and I was really looking forward to the conclusion of Vlad and Leila’s story. While I was excited for Into the Fire, I didn’t have that high of expectations going in. The previous books in the series were underwhelming for me. The plot felt very redundant, and there were some character aspects I wasn’t too fond of.
Into the Fire blew away my expectations, albeit very low expectations. I devoured it in one sitting. It was a surprising read jam-packed with plot progression, some new faces, some old faces, and revelations upon revelations (and pretty damn important ones at that). I am still amazed at how much Frost was able to get done in such a short amount of time. Into the Fire surpasses all the previous Night Huntress Universe novels in terms of surprises and stakes (and no, not literal stakes). I haven’t had this much fun or screamed this much while reading a book in a really long time.
The plot was a big, but welcome change. I’ve been wanting Frost to explore the magical and more demonic aspect of the Night Huntress Universe for so long. We’ve gotten tastes of it through the Night Huntress World with Denise and Spade & Mencheres and Kira. The magical aspect had so much potential, and I adore vampire stories that expand their mythos beyond just vampires. I was extremely pleased and surprised with the direction the plot headed in. The main catalyst to make this story go further into the magical realm is a huge spoiler, but know that I did not see it coming in a million years. Of course, heading in the magical aspect also meant we got to see more of Ian who was amazing.
Although I was happy with the direction, I was confused as to why Frost did it so late in the game. At times, the extreme difference in direction and villain felt strange and very detached from the previous Night Prince novels. One of the hints towards this “revelation” happens only in the previous novel. I honestly thought the hint was just flippancy. It really seemed like it was tacked on at the end (which was disappointing because of the content material for reasons I address here on my Twitter account because of spoilers), and I suspect that she didn’t think of it until later on in the writing process because the vibe was so different. This particular plot line was vastly more interesting and had so much more potential then Szilagyi being the overarching villain for 3 books (and I really wish it had more books to be developed on). I really don’t see a reason why she would leave it all for the finale unless she thought of it later on. Also, that would make sense considering the Ian series has been up in the air for so long because so much of his future was tied up into the plot of Into the Fire.
Besides the double edged sword that was the plot, one of the major problems I had with Into the Fire was the villain. From the synopsis, we knew that the villain was someone new. I am not a big fan of changing up the villain for the series finale. After having Szilagyi as the villain for 3 books, it felt inorganic. I liked the villain to some degree, but because so much of it was reliant on content that hasn’t been relevant previously in Night Prince, I was annoyed. Again, much like the big “revelation” and plot change up we got, it felt tacked on at the end. Sure, it made sense to have someone like that as the villain, but it didn’t feel natural in the scheme of the Night Prince series.
Ian was the show stopper (sorry Vlad), and no, it’s not just because I’m 100% in love with him. There were so many instances that hinted at a deep, rich character in Ian. We got to know him better along with some of the troubles that have been plaguing him. Throughout his appearances in the Night Huntress Universe, I’ve always wanted more from him. He is the perfect Jerkass. I was beyond happy to have more of him in Into the Fire. The place he is left off in has so much potential.
Normally, with a book that is filled with this many ‘it was both a blessing and a curses’ I wouldn’t give this high of a rating. Because I was so desperate for a new world building, this was a lot more enjoyable for me then it probably will be for some other people. I could look past the faults that I’ve found in Vlad and Leila for the plot. And also for Ian. The transitional part that Into the Fire plays gave me so much hope as to what the next series has in story that my anticipation helped gloss some of the aspects of Into the Fire I didn’t like. Also, I’m ALWAYS a sucker for endings.
The future of the Night Huntress Universe as a whole as so much potential. I can’t wait to see where all our favorite vampires (aka Ian) end up.
At the end of Into the Fire, Ian and Veritas’s SERIES, The Night Rebel, was announced. I am over the moon. I am totally in love with Ian. The deeper glimpses of his character that we got in Into the Fire have me so excited to read his story. I know I’m going to love him and Veritas together. I have NO CLUE how I’m going to survive waiting for The Night Rebel.