I'd ante up the rating if it wasn't for the ending.
This was a surprisingly lucky pick for me, this book. I wasn't expecting to like the story, yet I did. I DO.
Imagine the fellowships of the ring went on a quest, on the verge of the Great War. Prince Cadeon and Amistan, our heroes, were part of this quest which started as a rescue mission when Amistan got bitten by vampire. Joining the rescue was Lord Kell, Amistan brother and king council, an unlikely foe turned ally vampire, a suspiciously not
mortal, and a much later addition in the shape of bear-shifter.
Nothing was plain black and white, loyalties were suspicious, even within the fellowship or their closest and relatives. I believed there's more to come on the next book, as they were just beginning by the time the book ended (which I found rather annoying, really! - the not higher rating I mentioned earlier).
So. A pretty enjoyable reading. I shall look forward to more of this series. I hope it'll come soon...