Title: Immortal Confessions (Promise Me #5)
Author: Tara Fox Hall
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Note: Immortal Confessions is the larger novel Surrender to me was taken from. A prequel to Promise Me, providing not only the full story of Danial and Devlin's feud of Anna, but also Devlin's backstory of how he came to be the villain he is through the first books of the Promise Me series.
At the turn of the 19th century, former aristocrat turned lowly vampire Devlin Dalcon gets by on his supernatural charms until he meet bride-to-be Annabelle. Smitten by Anna's forthrightness, intellect, and bravery, Devlin risks his life to spirit her away to Fontainebleau, France. There Devlin begins his ascent to power tin a desperate bid for wealth and social standing for himself and Anna. Forging alliances with other supernatural leaders, he usurps the vampire Lord of Fontainebleau, amassing many enemies during his brief reign. Within a few years, he and Anna are again forced to flee for their lives to America. Living in hiding, Devlin is determined to amend his ways. But when tragedy strikes, Devlin's dark side, never fully extinguished. emerges rampant, securing him the bloody throne of America even as his malevolence and loneliness consumes him.
Now we were getting somewhere. "Explain this, Quentin, as I'll need to know. What are the rules in this city, besides no killing?"
"Not many. Don't kill humans, unless they attack you, even then, make it look accidental murder by stealing from them. Don't trouble the richer citizens at all, not for any reason. Don't bother the other supernatural citizens -"
"The sorcerers and witches, the goblins and the faeries," he said, bored. "There is also a family of werevultures that inhabit this town, near the edge. Them, too."
Werevultures? Was he kidding? "So there are no werewolves?"
"As a rule, not here in the cities, though there are sometimes one or two that pass through," he said with something like relief. "I've heard they stick to the countryside. Most weres do, as it's easier to blend in there."
Weres, he called them. Hmm. "What are they life?"
"The ones I've talked to say they miss the forest, or the water, or their caves -"
"Werebats, mostly. They are the most prevalent werecreature around these parts. There is a large colony near the river."
"Are they off limits?"
Quentin took a deep breath. "I'm glad you brought his up. Technically, no, they aren't. They have an agreement guy Guy, the City's Lord, to stay out of the city, and he leaves them alone. But some stupid vampire hunter attacked them last week, killing a bunch of their women and children when he mistook them for vampires. It happens often, I'm afraid. The other were-bats killed him, but they're raging right now. They are killing any vampire they can, primarily ones they find alone, in retaliation." He looked over at me. "It's them I need you to guard me against."
"Won't that die down quickly, though? Surely the bats can be made to see it was not our fault?"
"Guy is not diplomatic," Quentin said with a sign. "Things are going to get worse before they get better. Besides, at heart, he's a coward. He knows that there are more of them than there are of us, enough so it's close to three on one in their favor. Because of those odds, he will not make them stop. This has happened before, Devlin. The attacks will continue until the bats feel they've taken enough blood back."
I thought about that. There was a huge opportunity here for not just the means to support Anna and myself, but to gain real power. Still, I needed to understand much about this world and this city before I'd be ready to proclaim myself king of it.
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