Every time I think these stories can't get more complicated, I'm thrown another surprise. I knew going into this book that it was about Rehvenge so it was bound to be interesting. He's a member of the vampire aristocracy, the glymera, and leads a secret life as a drug lord and glorified pimp. And, if that wasn't enough, he's hiding the fact that he's a symphath, a vampire breed that is required to live in an isolated colony. Rehv is attracted to a nurse named Elehna, who works in Haver's clinic. Surprisingly, she doesn't recoil from him as others normally do and theirs is an interesting, erotic romance that later develops. Meanwhile, Lash is continuing his immersion in the Lessening Society and posing a bigger threat than ever to the vampire race. John Matthew's fascination with Xhex grows and evolves and Wrath's eyesight worsens. This is a big story with so much going on it's hard to put the book down for work and sleep. It ends with even more questions unanswered about the Brotherhood's ability to win the war with the Lessers and avoid dissension within the vampire race. No matter what you think about the romance or any of the characters individually, it's an intellectual journey that is very appealing. You'll find yourself strategizing and wondering how these issues can be solved. It's an amazing story.