Juliette Cross has done it again. The White Lilly, book three of The Vampire Blood Series, adds new depths and nuances, expanding upon an already fascinating world. I can’t wait for book four and if you haven’t started this series yet, do it now!
This review is as spoiler free as possible for this, and the previous books; however I can’t stress strongly enough that you need to read the books in order: The Black Lilly, The Red Lilly, and then The White Lilly to really understand and appreciate this amazing world and the characters that live in it.
Book three of the Vampire Blood series has us well and truly enmeshed in a world of humans ruled by vampires. What should be a peaceful coexistence has instead turned into oppression. The highest echelons of vampire society have been infected with sanguine furorem, the blood sickness, which transforms vampires into sadistic creatures with an unquenchable bloodlust, and those infected are spreading it for their own nefarious purposes. But all is not lost; the Resistance is growing, an army of humans and unaffected vampires, led by the infamous Black Lilly.
The White Lilly reintroduces us to Friedrich, Duke of Winterhill, who is covertly aiding the resistance while attempting to convey a façade of loyalty to the crown to his uncle who strongly suspects his true allegiance. He meets Brennalyn who has secrets of her own. Secrets so dangerous they put her, and everyone she loves, in mortal peril.
Of course, characterisation is spot on and I’d expect nothing less from this author. All characters regardless of whether they are the main players or just in the periphery are anything but cardboard cut-outs. Each have their own stories, their own distinct personalities, which makes it so easy to either love them… or hate them.
Friedrich is my personal favourite of the male leads so far. Don’t get me wrong, the previous two are fantastic, but Friedrich has such a playful, humorous side to him. He’s so naughty, in all the right ways!
Brennalyn makes a lovely female lead and the perfect balance to Friedrich. Perhaps a little naïve in her understanding of safety for her and her family, but there is no doubting her courage and willingness to do whatever it takes for those she loves.
Although completely addictive and page turning, I didn’t find the storyline quite as intense as The Red Lilly, but that’s a good thing; a little lightness after the harrowing events of book two. A breather before what I’m sure will be a powerful journey towards the end of the series.
I honestly can’t recommend this series highly enough! It really is a must read!
The White Lilly is available from Amazon now!