The Vampire Trick is the third book of a new young adult fantasy series by Michelle Madow. In the first book of the series, The Vampire Wish, we met Annika who had lost her whole family to a vampire attack and was taken hostage to the hidden vampire kingdom of the Vale where she is kept as a human blood slave to provide food for the vampires. Also introduced in the first book was Jacen who was also taken by the vampires against his will but unlike Annika who still remains human Jacen was turned against his wishes and now fights his desire to kill for blood. Jacen and Annika met and Jacen tried to help Annika escape but she was taken away with Jacen being led to believe she died and Annika believing Jacen had betrayed her.
In the second book The Vampire Prince Annika found herself in possession of a magical artifact that had trapped the ancient witch, Geneva. Whoever controlled the ring controlled Geneva so Annika had her power behind her as she continued to try to get revenge upon the vampires that killed her family and held her hostage. Meanwhile, Jacen had returned to the kingdom and was being forced to find a bride so with Geneva’s help Annika planned to disguise herself and become his bride to have full access to the palace and destroy The Vale from the inside.
Now in the third book of the series Annika and Jacen’s story picks up right where it was left off in the second book. Annika is still competing among the visiting princesses disguised as a vampire herself with Geneva’s help. Annika’s real goal when returning to the palace was to find a way to kill the vampire queen and little does she know that she and Jacen have more in common than she realizes. But will either be able to complete their plans with the wolves outside the kingdom planning an attack of their own?
Another great addition to this series from Michelle Madow. A fast paced young adult fantasy read that has easily had me hooked from the very beginning and this was no exception as she has yet again surprised me with events happening that one would never expect and leaving the reader just wanting more and more. The story moves quickly but always has just enough in the beginning to bring a reader right back where it had left off then move quickly into the action in this installment then bringing everything around to an exciting conclusion that had me wanting the next book immediately. As always I would recommend these to the fans of fast paced YA fantasy and eagerly look forward to seeing where the story goes from here on out.
I received a free advance copy of this book directly from the author, thank you to Michelle Madow for allowing me to read early.