I am sitting here screaming that they should have killed Steve. In an earlier book they said where is the best place to hide - out in the open. Steve being half vampaneze - what is to say that he is not going to be the lord of the vampaneze. Since the lord never shows his face. It would be a perfect plan since he is after them, but he might be wanting to face one. I'm not sure, but it is just a feeling. Since I also read that Darren travels back to his city.
Just my thoughts running and wanted to get some ideas.