I have to say that the best part of this book was the chapter where Darren imagines a rescue scene in which Larten doesn't die. I already knew when the Vampeneze Lord was announced that it was Steve (especially when he came back), but I wasn't so sure about who was going to die on the quest. Why did they think that the guy in the cloak had to be the same guy each time they saw him? Cloaks are excellent for concealing identities; that is their general purpose. I also couldn't believe that they allowed Steve and Gannen to take Darren aside alone together. They should have made sure that Gannen wasn't close enough to knock Darren out when he went for Steve at the very least. The Vampeneze do a much better job of protecting their Lord than the vampires do protecting one of their princes...

Even though it is in shadow, the impalement scene is pretty graphic and there is other violence to contend with in this book. I think the term for a child born out of wedlock is thrown around, but I could be wrong. I don't remember any kissing, I wouldn't have been in the mood for any if I were Darren either.