Saving Midnight follows Breaking Midnight and Kissing Midnight in The Fitz Clare Chronicles. Since I haven’t read the first two books in the series, I was afraid I’d be totally at sea, but I was not as lost as I thought. Even so, I suspect that someone who has read the other books in the series would get even more out of this than I did.
Edmund Fitz Clare, a powerful upyr (shape shifting vampire) was kidnapped in previous books by Jack and Li-Hua, upyrs who want his power. Graham (Edmund’s human adopted son) voluntarily became a vampire to save his father. While Edmund is safe now, Jack and Li-Hua are still out there and they have become the owners of an ancient artifact that will allow them to steal their victim’s souls. With the power they gain buy this, there would be no one to stand in their way, so Graham, his lover Pen Andersen, his human siblings Ben and Sally, and the enigmatic vampire Christian Durand band together to stop Frank and Li-Hua.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and adventure lovers should have a ball with it. Graham and his allies chase Jack and Li-Hua all over Depression Era America, while Edmund and his fiancée Estelle stay in England and brood (I really missed reading the first two books during these parts). Queen upyr Nim-Wei comes by to offer assistance, and again I was a bit puzzled as to how she fit into the big picture.
Finally, I gave up trying to figure out why, and just went with the story which turned out to be an exciting one. I have read and enjoyed Emma Holly’s stories of the Demonworld, and I know she is one of the best at fantasy world building. Also, as an erotic writer she has few peers. Erotica divorced from character and romance is deadly dull, but the erotica in this book was tied to the story and the characters. It never stopped the story dead in its tracks and the sex didn’t seem to be tacked on.
I was intrigued enough by Saving Midnight to go out and buy the first two books in the series and plan to read them as soon as I get some free time. When she at her best, Emma Holly is one of the best erotic romance writers out there, and an excellent world builder as well.