Since her transition to a vampire, Brigid Connor has worked as head of security for Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin. The structure of the job and cohesive team have been one part of the equation that has helped her harness the addiction tendencies from her mortal life. The other part is her passionate marriage to the ancient earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn, who lived as a Welsh priest before falling in love with Brigid. His age and earth vampire essence are the perfect complement and balm to her youthful and volatile fire vampire traits. But Carwyn believes that it is time for Brigid to experience more of the world and be less tied to the Irish clan, something Brigid is uncertain she wants to do. While visiting friends in southern California an old human associate contacts Carwyn about the uncharacteristic disappearance of a parishioner’s teen daughter, Lupe Martinez. Carwyn convinces Brigid that with her skills it should be simple to find a missing girl, only to unearth a far bigger scheme hidden in the desert. Their quest to save those who are being exploited may bring a new purpose to their immortal lives.
Saint’s Passage is the first book in Elizabeth Hunter’s new Elemental Covenant series and a chance to revisit two wildly popular characters, Carwyn and Brigid. Reader’s fell in love with this couple in Building from Ashes and are excited to see the continuation of their story. It’s great to learn that while their relationship has grown more solid it has not lost the banter and passionate attraction that endeared them to many. The disagreement over their future and the unexpected wrench in their plans, resulting from the mystery they uncover while searching for Lupe, are no different than what mortal relationships deal with, making them very relatable. Regardless of the setting, their unique personalities and their humorous interactions with each other are authentic and truly make the book an entertaining read.
However, the premise of Saint’s Passage fell short for me in that it did not have the same level of supernatural intrigue her books in the Elemental Series possess. Saint’s Passage is still better than most paranormal fiction books out there, but Elizabeth Hunter has set the bar extremely high with the volume of exceptionally great stories she has produced over the years. As an avid reader of everything she publishes I was not as taken with this plot or wowed like I usually am with her original and creative tales of intrigue. I still whole-heartedly recommend reading Saint’s Passage, but if you are new to Elizabeth Hunter please read some of the other books she has written to get a true taste of the paranormal genius she is.