"An action packed conclusion to the CRIMSON series"
Years ago, Cydney Brighton was the soul survivor of a top
secret team trying to open a portal between two dimensions.
It was at that point in time she caught the eye of a demon
and only because of this her life was spared. Years later,
Cyd is working for B-Ops dealing with vampires and were-
wolves. However one night peace is broken and hell seems to
have come to the surface. In actuality, demons have invaded
Los Angels, (renamed Crimson City) and one night while on
the job, Cyd is sucked into Orcus (see CRIMSON CITY -- book
one also by Liz Maverick).
Fighting her way out of Orcus, Cyd is no longer "just
human". Forcibly joined with Griff-Vai, the demon whose eye
she had caught, Cyd manages to only escape because a portal
appears in front of her and somehow she is able to grab the
amulet used to make the portal appear (the very end of
SEDUCED BY CRIMSON by Jade Lee). Now she is back in Crimson
City and so many things have changed that Cyd doesn't
really fit in: not with her former B-Ops associates, the
government that wants her to restart the demon program and
not even with her old associates in the underground.
Trying to find somewhere to fit in, Cyd starts working with
Finn a man who quickly becomes the only person she feels
safe with and can trust. Only, Finn, as an escaped Mech
unit, has his own secrets. As Crimson City falls apart
around them and Griff hot on Cyds' trail, they can count
only on one another to try and stay alive. Liz Maverick
certainly made me one happy reader simply by writing
Cydneys story. With everything that is taking place between
the vampires, demons, were-wolves and now adding the Mechs
into the series, this is a story I really wanted to read.
However there is too much happening and unfortunately, I
feel the story is incomplete, especially as the last book
in the series. Key parts seemed rushed, and there are quite
a few loose ends that I would have liked resolved. Many of
my "loose ends" come from several characters (Bridget &
Jillian to name two) that have had bit parts throughout the
series but are suddenly secondary characters and there is
too much happening in their lives. Honestly, I don't see
Cydney and Finn having their "happy ever after"... at least
not quite yet.
I wasn't lost with the chain of events transpiring in
CRIMSON ROGUE as Liz is a fantastic story teller. If you
haven't read any of the books in this series however, you
will not want to start with this one as there is too much
information that will prove overwhelming to an unsuspecting
Cydney really caught my eye as a messed up "side-kick" in
the first book and she really proved herself a strong and
capable woman with her own story. I also really appreciated
the fact that as you learn more about her, its not like she
suddenly morphs into someone she isn't; she still has to
deal with many of the issued brought up when you are first
introduced to her.
I was really able to empathize with Finn as a hero and I
have to admit I wasn't disappointed with how things ended
for him as a hero. However, I would have liked a
confrontation with him and Fleur of the Vampires. I also
have so many unanswered questions regarding him I don't
really know what to say!
I must admit that I really enjoyed the story and overall
feel that ROGUE has the possibility of being an excellent
conclusion to the series. However, overall, I really needed
more and I really think there needs to be another story.
Even though I don't feel my review is very favorable, I was
glued to this book until I finished, and the action is non-
Posted August 5, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 3, 2006