When Claudia of Nyx turns her human lover into a vampire, she brings down a curse that will reverberate for generations. Lucius of Nyx rises from the stain of his parents' shameful union, determined to claim his rightful place on the Council of the Undead and redeem the name of his clan. But Lucius wants more. Far more. He wants to rule the realms of the Living and the Undead. And he wants Margrethe - innocent, beautiful...forbidden. No battle is too bloody nor sacrifice too great to stand between Lucius and his desires, but it is those closest to the Lord of Nyx who will pay the price for his ruthless ambition.