Pros: Great characters, keeps you wanting more
Cons: Alien,vampires, thousand year quests and curse. where is the story going?
In volume 6 of The Record of the Fallen Vampire we learn the Strauss has a secret. One that caused the vampire elders to want to kill him. In the past novels we also learned of his hatred for his queen Aldheid: she killed the woman he once loved. With the threat of Big Mortar looming over the world the Black Swam (sworn to kill the vampire king) and Strauss join forces to save the world from destruction.
In volume 7 more secrets are reveal, or rather the truth is revealed. The truth of why the elders wanted Strauss dead being that he conquered the sun. How this was achieved no one knows, not even Strauss, but it is a threat to vampires and humans alike. The seal's binding the queen have all been destroyed and she has once again awakened to reveal the truth of the night that Stella was killed and the night the king was supposed to be killed.
As the humans try to find a solution to the problem of Big Mortar, one human named Morishima figured out Strauss' plan from that night. The reason why the vampire king cannot allow himself to perish. Everything the vampires and Dhampires knew will forever be changed. The war againts the vampire king was all done to protect the humans and vampires alike. A plan Strauss thought could save everyone, even if it meant becoming an enemy to everyone including those he loved.
This volumes answers many questions, but opens the doors the more questions to follow. The only thing the vampire king longs for is protection for all the races that inhabit the world. What will he do to protect them? WIll he protect them from Big Mortar? I look forward to what volume 8 has in store.