First, a heads up, if you haven’t already read the blurb, you might wanna skip it. It’s a bit spoiler-ish. Now that that’s out of the way…
If there’s one thing that can be said about this series, it’s that it’s super consistent, and consistently GREAT. The books are not predictable or repetitive, it’s just that you know there are certain things you’re going to get each time you read a new book in the series.
If there’s another thing that can be said about this series, it’s that it has always been an interesting mash-up of urban fantasy that is typical in that it delivers on the tropes you look for as a UF reader (a fast pace, lots of intense action, a snarky MC who fights monsters and supernatural creatures), yet still breaks the mold in many ways and stands out from the crowd.
So, what are all the consistently great and mold-breaking things that made me love this book?
Cal is such a great character, one of my favorites. He’s snarky and funny without being mean. He’s a feminist (it’s not stated, but he totally is). He cares about people. He’s struggling with PTSD and is constantly getting beat up in his line of work, but he never gives up.
Cooper might seem meek at first glance since he’s an archivist rather than one of the people out in the field fighting monsters, but he’s feisty and just as determined to protect the citizens of Aurora as all the rest of them.
Erica has been badass from the start. She’s a super powerful witch, and she’s also intelligent, mature, and a good friend to Cal.
The whole team that Cal works with is so full of loyalty and care. I feel like a lot of UF leads work alone, but, in these books, there’s a whole organization and team of people who really have each others’ backs and look out for each other, not only in the field but also in life.
*SPOILER (for the previous books)* I’ve been lowkey shipping Cal and Cooper since Book 1 (Cal is bisexual), so I’m excited that’s finally happening! I have to admit though that I’m disappointed we didn’t get to see their first kiss or any of the transition from friends to more-than-friends. Their relationship honestly felt a bit rushed and thrown into this book all the sudden. Still makes me happy though. *END SPOILER*
Everything about these books is so realistic. I could see all the things in these books happening. That is, if the supernatural stuff happened, I could see the public and DSI agents and main characters in the books reacting like this. Even the supernatural stuff is believable in that it’s not over-the-top, the supernatural baddies act in believable ways with believable motivations, etc.
These books have a lot of relevance to current events in our real world. And the serious, heavy situations are always given the gravity they deserve.
These books are always perfectly paced with so much action. They’re the kind of books that grip you and make you not want to put them down. This one especially got intense and unpredictable (although I feel like I say that for every book).
I recognize that this is more of a series review than a single book review, but that’s because sometimes it’s really hard to find new things to say when you’re already at Book 4 in a series. And this book just had all the same great things I’ve loved about all the previous books! So, to summarize, I yet again loved Cal and his strong spirit, the action-packed plot, the realism, and all the relationships/friendships!
Fans of Books 1-3 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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Aurora, Michigan is finally at peace for the first time in months. It doesn’t last very long.
As Cal Kinsey is creeping up to his one-year anniversary on Riker’s team, something else is creeping through the streets of Aurora. One by one, people are falling ill with severe flu-like symptoms, and the doctors are stumped, unsure of the cause.
At first, the supernatural community ignores this largely human problem…until a wizard is infected and flies into an insane rage, destroying almost half a city block.
That is when the truth comes out: It’s not a disease at all. It’s an infectious curse.
With Aurora’s supernatural community descending into panic, DSI goes on high alert, and every team is mobilized to hunt down the curse’s source. But the ICM refuses to cooperate with the investigation. Terrified practitioners try to flee the city, risking an epidemic. A scared witch attacks a DSI team, killing multiple agents.
And just when Cal and his teammates think it can’t possibly get any worse, the unthinkable happens.
The new leader of the local ICM chapter accuses a DSI agent of playing a part in the creation of the curse. Specifically, he accuses one of DSI’s elite detectives: the one and only Cal Kinsey.