"Fantastic! What more can I say?"
Limpet and Associates is still in London trying to find the
Underground. Of course, at the end of A DROP OF RED, Dawn
and her fellow vampire hunters had a confrontation with
some strange vampires and the creatures they controlled at
Queenshill—a private school for girls. Ever since then,
Dawn's mom—Eva—has been moved into their headquarters for
her safety. Breisi is not exactly happy with this turn of
events. The team still has not been able to identify the
body they have in the morgue, of the strange young man with
his heart on the right side of his body. After the fight,
the team at least has some experience with the vampires
they'll be dealing with. And where to start searching.
After the fight at Queenshill, the house matron, Mrs.
Jones, has moved the girls to another location for their
safety. After all, her and Wolfie have to keep the girls
safe. When Mrs. Jones leaves them to meet with Wolfie,
Violet—recently deposed leader of their group—decides to
run away from the other three. Now that Della is in charge,
Violet knows she won't have an easy time of it anymore. And
so she escapes and manages to find the team's headquarters
where she demands to speak with Dawn—and only Dawn.
Arming herself to the teeth, Dawn goes outside to meet with
the girl vampire, even refusing to allow any of the Friends
to come with her. In order to get information for Costin,
Dawn allows a mind link with the vampire and learns quite a
bit—not everything, but still useful information. The next
thing Dawn knows, the team is calling her back in the house
as a flock of ravens appear. And these ravens tear the
Meanwhile, Dawn is still dealing with her issues of guilt
concerning turning Costin/Jonah into a vampire. She's
worried that Costin won't be able to use his "special"
abilities when it comes down to the final fight with the
Master Vampire. Not to mention the fact Dawn had to strike
a bargain with Jonah. She had to agree to let Jonah
participate more—something she's not happy about.
Why did the vampires attack the vampire? Who was behind it?
Will the team be able to learn enough to take on the
Underground? What of the mysterious boy in the morgue?
THE PATH OF RAZORS perfectly describes this story in the
VAMPIRE BABYLON series. Chris Marie Green does it once
again as she brings this gritty, compelling story to
thrilling life. Once again, the story focuses on Dawn. Not
only is Dawn trying to create some kind of relationship
with her ex-vampire mother, but she's also dealing with her
strange relationship with Costin/Jonah. And on top of that,
Dawn is afraid of succumbing to the darkness within her.
Dawn is indeed walking THE PATH OF RAZORS attempting to
come to grips with everything going on in her life. The
only constant is her desire to help Costin regain his soul.
I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 22, 2009