This is a series I've stopped waiting for and I'm just borrowing from the library. It's just not making me want the books, it's more curiousity that's driving me these days. Edward was the driving force behind my reading this one and he does appear. However if I was him I'd be very tempted to run to another master vampire and suggest strongly joining forces and taking Anita out because she's getting so powerful she's going to end up in charge of the world and honestly, I don't think she has the patience for that without mass killings. Richard still deserves to be slapped until he stops behaving like one of his students, Jean-Claude is slipping from being interesting to invoking my wonder that he survived for so long and several of the other characters seem to have a backbone until they face Anita. This series is devolving and I'm not sure that the author wants to fix it.