Solaria Ainsworth was born a Templar, destined to take up the mantle of responsibility and duty as her family’s Order had done for hundreds of years.
Except she refuses to take her Oath of Knighthood. Barely making ends meet in Baltimore, Aria finds it difficult to obtain gainful employment with no work experience and skills in jousting and swordsmanship. Just before she’s served an eviction notice, the Mistress of the local vampire family offers her a job – to research a magical symbol.
It’s an easy task for a woman who has spent every moment of her life either in armor or with her nose in ancient manuscripts. The money’s good, and the seven day deadline should be no problem. But when her research reveals a sordid connection between the vampires and a mass murder, Aria needs to decide who is in the right and worthy of her protection. Modern Templars believe only God should judge, but Aria must do exactly that or watch the Baltimore streets run red with blood.
Dead Rising begins when Aria finds herself confronted with Vampires. She is "hired" by the local Vamps to figure out what a symbol they found means, and who is using it. However, this leads her on a twisted discovering that has her questioning what exactly is right and wrong in the name of justice.
This book starts out really interesting. It slowly pulls you into this strange new world, with a very witty heroine. However, it seems to drag on, and a lot of the problems that Aria deals with don't really seem to be that big of an issue. And it felt like it kept repeating itself over and over.
I was not really a fan of the way that Aria resolved the issue with the Vampires. I was a little frustrated to see how the Vampires would really let that stand. Then the fact that she may have a friend/love interest as well.
This bothered me about the book, so it made it not as enjoyable.
Other than that I really liked the book, mainly because the heroine was very funny and someone who tried to do the right thing even if she was unsure what that really was.