Over the next little while I will post essential information about Book 2 of the Ashley Zetterburg series, “O-Negative“. There is so much happening that it may seem overload at first. Hence, these little break-downs as to what Zetty is up to, what she thinks and feels about things, and introducing key characters, most of whom survive “O-Negative”, and continue as part of her life throughout the series.
First up, let’s take a look at Ashley’s problems – the major issues she is trying to deal with, questions she has, and problems she has no god-damn idea how to deal with.
1) Ashley wants desperately to find her brother, Jason. He had been believed dead after going missing on a walk in the mountains of Wales. Then Ashley finds out (in “Rhesus A”) that he is not dead, and is probably in Moscow where he is a Facilitator in the List Society (the List Society Facilitators ensure close adherence to security and legal requirements as directed by the Vampyre Council). Popov says she knows his whereabouts and has used that as a coercement to get Ashley’s cooperation in bringing the perpetrator of the LA Massacre to justice (Elizabeth, her best friend when Ashley was still human, called Dee Dee). Popov suggested that she would put Ashley in contact with Jason after that mission. Will the creepy Overlord Popov keep her word? Or did Ashley assume too much?
2) With her training as Inductee of the Black Society taking almost all her time, Ashley’s relationship with Miguel begins to worsen. Being apart 24/7 sees the two lovers grow apart, just as Ashley discovers new vampire friends her own age. How will Ashley handle seeing her boyfriend less and less? In addition there are Vampyre Council secrets that soon become apparent – Mig’s practice of keeping two drugged-up humans in his apartment block, as readily available food, is not as uncommon as people have suggested. Oh boy, is she in for a shock!
3) Ashley is not permitted to contact her coven back home in England. She understands that they did bad things and protected a crazy and psychopathic Elizabeth, but Ashley literally has no other family she can call her own. Their abandonment of her and the discovery of Elizabeth’s secret, plus her own enraged assault on her best friend, have left emotional marks Ashley thinks she will carry for the rest of her undead existence.
There are heaps and heaps of more interesting issues Ashley must deal with and confront. Then there are all her new friends and acquaintances she meets at the LA base… oh, that is another story: Ashley choose to become a Vanguard (a spy) but what she did not know is that the vanguards are the most highly trained operatives of the Council. They have to be good at everything and that means Ashley has to go through Warrior training with the Blood Red Society. Heck, she is hopping mad about that! We will meet her new friends soon.