What if everything you’ve been told is a lie?
Fifteen years ago the war demolished Arrow’s family. Lied to and betrayed, she’s driven to expose the conspiracy concealing how her parents and thousands of others died. But to go up against the powerful government she’ll need to align herself with the strangest and most dangerous criminals in Victory City: the Specials.
They are not what they seem…
They are magic misfits and criminals, recruited and blackmailed to fill ordinary positions within the Sinistera Hotel. But for those who are greedy enough — or desperate like Arrow — there are opportunities to earn big money doing illegal magic jobs. The danger and the risks are high. Magic assassination, kidnapping, assault — there’s a good chance Arrow and the others could be killed or wish they had been. But though the Specials each have agendas of their own, they are determined to rewrite history… if they can survive that long.
Who decides which side is “right”?
Arrow is now a Special, wanted by the police for murder and for the illegal use of magic, even though she’s innocent of the former and feels justified for the latter. But it’s too late to plead her case. She’s thrown her lot in with the magic criminals of the Sinistera Hotel and, like them, she’s doing the strange jobs assigned to her by the mysterious hotel manager, Mr. Tower.
Her latest job, stopping a guest accused of assault, rubs her the wrong way. It feels like a set-up, and if there’s one thing Arrow knows how to sniff out, it’s deception. Skeptical of The Architect’s claims that the job is what it appears to be, Arrow begins to investigate, and unravels the threads of a plan to kill the hotel’s most deadly resident: the vampire Count Ionesceau. Most want him dead, so the list of suspects is a mile long, but Elliott declares his intention to protect the vampire, even if it pits him against Sheridan.
Conspiracies are everywhere.
With deadly confrontations looming, Arrow learns more about the ice demons from her grandmother, who is gradually recovering her memories of the war. Her grandmother hints that Dr. Febrero wasn’t the only scientist working for the military and that one in particular directed the demons. Tracking down this second scientist proves to be difficult until Arrow finds a trail that leads her in an unexpected direction: back to the Sinistera Hotel. Suspicious of everyone she’s supposed to trust, Arrow might find herself alone as she faces the dual dangers of a vicious vampire and a cruel, demented scientist.
Vertigo Vampire is the exciting second book in The Specials!