A Castle of Sand, by Bella Forrest (A Shade of Vampire #3).
The sight was sickening, but despite my mortification over the sheer magnitude of death surrounding me, my prime concern was Derek Novak. I can't lose you.
He was a vampire. He was a prince. He was the man I loved. The mere thought of losing him made breathing a struggle.
A Castle of Sand is the third book in the A Shade of Vampire series, and I reviewed both the first novel, A Shade of Vampire, and the second, A Shade of Blood, this year. The story of Sofia Claremont, a human, who loves vampire prince Derek Novak, keeps getting more and more complicated, and these books are excellently written and a fun read.
What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin...
Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.
Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.
And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowels of an Egyptian desert... a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.
First of all, you should read the previous two novels before reading this one. I guess it works as a standalone novel, but to get the full experience, you should know Derek and Sofia's history together, as well as The Shade, where they live, and The Oasis, where the enemy vampire clan The Maslens live.
In this novel, Derek wants to marry Sofia, but she knows it won't work: sooner than he thinks, she will be old, and he will still be his immortal 18-year-old self. At the same time, Derek's father, Gregor, orders a culling - a killing of all non-essential humans, so that The Shade's vampires will have enough "food" to drink - which Sophia is vehemently against, for obvious reasons.
This third installment of the A Shade of Vampire series was just as engrossing as the last two, and I can't wait to read the next two in the series: A Shadow of Light, which is already available, and A Blaze of Sun.
4 stars out of 5.
*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from the author to review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.