Night After Night
Kathryn Smith
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Night After Night (Brotherhood of the Blood, Book 5)
Kathryn Smith
384 pages
January 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Temple, guardian of the blood grail and one of the world’s original vampires, has become a hunted man by the Order of the Silver Palm, a group whose ambitions are bent on the destruction of all vampires. All of his own Brotherhood has had perilous run-ins with the order, facing unfortunate sacrifices and sometimes coming out victorious, but the motives behind the attacks have stayed hidden. Temple’s abduction, incarceration, and escape finally bring about a terrifying realization about the Silver Palm’s intentions and the lengths to which they will go for success.

Meeting Vivian may have been a pre-planned “Trojan horse” by the Order’s leader, Rupert, to gain the right access and footing into Temple’s life. However, the unusual traits that make Vivian so valuable to both the Silver Palm and the vampires may be Rupert’s ultimate undoing. Her beauty, strength, healing, and mystical blood make her an aphrodisiac of sorts to Temple, but his weakness for her will only allow him to sacrifice himself. Unbeknownst to Rupert, the unwavering devotion he expected from Vivian may shatter in the face of what Temple offers her as a lover, companion, and equal. Should the “Trojan horse” prove to fail in her duties, the cumulative efforts of the Silver Palm over several decades could fail in their ultimate objective.

Temple and his Brotherhood of the Blood know that war is imminent and the lives of the vampires are at stake. Vivian’s inability to commit to a side makes her a liability, but the draw to what she ultimately is and its effect on the vampires makes a clear-cut course of action difficult. If Vivian knew the truth about who she is and where she came from, the decisions she made with that knowledge could spell extinction for the Vampire race - if she chose continued allegiance to the Silver Palm. Temple’s further difficulties lie in his deepening emotions with each additional encounter he has with her. He wants to trust her desperately, but his anger and hurt at betrayal from her could be the undoing of them all.

The Silver Palm’s final plan kicks into action, and Temple can only lead with one of two options: lead his brothers knowingly into the trap that will take their lives, or flee with them to fight another day when plans are not so elaborately prepared. Sadly, the choice was already made for Temple when Vivian disappeared, and the strength of the Brotherhood is behind him.

Smith has wowed readers with other novels, gaining herself a USA Today Bestselling Author title. With such success preceding this novel, anticipation was high for a great read and phenomenal characters. Night After Night proves to be of the same quality and enticing reading that made Smith’s name. She doesn’t let up and never fails to keep impressing. One hopes that we will be see more novels involving the Brotherhood of the Blood.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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