“The devil you know . . .
With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.
Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?
Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell’s Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined. .

Let me start by saying Elena is probably my most disliked character in any book.  I find her full of herself and whiny.  That being said, The Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite series.  I dreaded reading this book just because I didn’t want to deal with Elena, though.  Once I got past that I realized how excited I was to see what happened with the other characters.

As always some of the things are far-fetched.  I mean, suddenly there is a hunter-slayer in their midst?  But those things are fun as always.  Once the characters pieced together the facts, it all made a bit more sense.  The kitsune are up to their old tricks and are still making the children, well…evil.

Bonnie and Damon are once again thrown into the world of slaves, a never-setting sun, and all of the things that make the Dark Dimension…dark.  Damon is by far my favorite literary character of all time.  He didn’t disappoint.

All in all, it’s a great addition to the series.  A turn of events had me crying, cursing LJ Smith, and swearing I’d never pick up another of her books, but things were wrapped up nicely and I can’t wait for the next one for further explanations of this crazy world.

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