*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
I’m going to repeat something I said in my review for the very first book of this series because it was true then, and it’s still true now: This series is urban fantasy at its finest. It’s everything you could want from the urban fantasy genre and more. And this was, clearly, another great book in the series.
I loved Cal, but that’s no surprise. He’s been one of my favorite characters ever since I first met him. He’s witty and sarcastic (though not in a mean way), but he’s also a caring, genuine person.
The plot was gripping, but that’s no surprise either. One of the best things about these books is how they suck me in every time, and this one was no exception. This one also had a bit of a twist that will impact future books, and I’m excited about it because I suspected part of it in Book 1 and was waiting to see if I was right. And I’m now curious to learn more and see how it will pan out.
I know I’ve mentioned the mental illness rep in previous reviews, but I don’t know that I’ve ever really talked about the other rep and how intersectional it is, since Cal is half-Mexican, bisexual, and has PTSD and panic attacks. And one thing I noticed during this book is that the author finds great, subtle ways (whether it’s purposeful or not) of reminding readers that Cal is still bi, regardless of who he’s currently dating.
Speaking of dating, because of the events of the last book, Cal’s sweetheart was unfortunately only around for a video call this time. In fact, this book was different from the others in that Cal was mostly alone or with minimal help. In previous books, he had his whole DSI team, Cooper, Erica, and various other allies. This time, the fate of his city rested on him not alerting his team. But that meant we got to know a couple other side characters a bit better (Lassiter and Lucian), and we got to meet a new character (a young vampire named Foley).
This author is so good at injecting just the right emotion at just the right moment to make these books impactful. These aren’t super emotional type books. They’re action-packed urban fantasy. And yet, I swear I tear up in most of them because the author knows when a moment is heavy or emotional for the characters, and she writes it so that you feel what the character is feeling, even when you don’t have that character’s POV.
Last but not least, vampires! I can’t help it. I like when books have vampires. I’m cliche like that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, much like I have all the other books in this series so far!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Clara Coulson's City of Crows Series. Anyone who likes action-packed urban fantasy, supernatural creatures, a hilariously snarky but also realistic and compassionate protag, and touching friendships/team dynamics.
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Calvin Kinsey’s just trying to have a good time…and then an injured vampire lands on his doorstep.
Cal has spent the past three months recovering from his injuries in the wake of the violent scandal that nearly tore DSI apart. Now back in Aurora after a stint in physical therapy, Cal’s trying to get his life back on track, his mind back in shape, and his attitude back in check before he returns to active duty in a few weeks’ time.
But when a mysterious vampire shows up half dead at Cal’s apartment, and an old rival warns him that the dangerous Black Knights are plotting a major attack against Aurora, Cal finds himself caught in the middle of an off-the-books case that has the potential to end his career—and his life.
With enemies closing in from all sides, and his DSI colleagues left in the dark, Cal has no choice but to trust his instincts, a vampire he just met, and the very man whose savage attack traumatized him forever. Because if he doesn’t, Aurora will fall, and millions of innocents will fall with it.
LGBT+ Rep: Bisexual (Main Character)
Disability Rep: Mental Illness, Panic Attacks, PTSD
POC Rep: Hispanic/Latinx, Mexican, POC
Non-Human Type: Vampires
Relationships/Sex: M/M Established Relationship, No Explicit Sex, No Romance
Extra Love: Favorite Book/Series, Favorite Male Character