Demon Hunter (Oliver Nocturne Book 4)
Following the family’s return from vacation and their encounter with Selene, Half-Light and Lythia, the tension in the Nocturne household has shifted. While Oliver still feels left out of the loop, the majority of the frustration in the house centers on his brother, Bane, who has been increasingly absent and distant. His actions in the Old Country coupled with Sebastian’s injury and Oliver’s relationship with Emalie have made the family a source of suspicion among the other vampire families of Seattle. For once the focus is on Bane and not Oliver, so you’d think he’d be relieved. Unfortunately, however, Oliver still has much to worry about, especially when Dean’s master, Lythia, makes an appearance in Seattle soon after the slaying of a human by an escaped jaguar. Making the situation more complicated is that Oliver saw Bane Occupying the same jaguar earlier in the night. When more slaying occur and Bane goes missing, Phlox and Sebastian spend every moment on the hunt, but it appears that Half-Light may be standing in the way. Is Bane murdering young humans? What is Lythia up to? And what are Half-Light’s motives? As Oliver struggles to find his birth parents, find out more about his prophecy, and help Dean resist his master, can he help Phlox and Sebastian find Bane before it is too late?
In this, the fourth book of the series, Oliver learns more about the history of the prophecy and Half-Light’s attempts to make it come true. With Dean’s master in play, Oliver and Emalie worry if he can be trusted, and Emalie’s increasingly strange trances and easy access to his brain makes Oliver wonder if anyone is on his side. As the tension mounts, Oliver begins to see his vampire parents are more complicated and embattled characters, and his relationship with them grows. Bane’s character is more deeply developed in this novel, and his strange absences, anger, and sneaking around (both in the Old Country and Seattle) are finally explained. Of course there are more layers of complexity added to Oliver’s story with the appearance of an apparition, his changing relationship with Bane, and what appears to be a conspiracy on the part of both Half-Light and Dead Desiree. More than ever, Oliver’s friendships and strengths are put to the test.
Readers of the series will find this volume full of answers and new pieces of the puzzle including a shocking development concerning Bane. Oliver’s increasing crush on Emalie is well played without being overbearing, and his feelings of being overwhelmed– by her, his family, his destiny, etc– seem authentic. Once again, Emerson creates new vampire technology and mythology that makes the series feel deep and dynamic. So far, I think this is the best book of the series.