*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
Oh gosh, I’m eight books in, I’m starting to run out of things to say about this series that I haven’t already said many times. But the fact that I’m still reading it, that it’s still keeping my attention after so many books, says something all on its own, I think.
This is a great urban fantasy series! It has tons of action, a solid plot for each individual book with interesting larger threads connecting them, lots of supernaturals, and characters you can’t help but love. Cal is such a compassionate person who wants to help others, but he never loses his quippy sense of humor.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot since many things have happened and been revealed over the series, and I don’t want to spoil them for anyone who hasn’t started, but this one continued the loose threads of the last book and culminated in a pretty epic battle scene, leaving a few threads to continue on with in the next book.
I do, however, feel like the series has become very straightforward and action-focused. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I personally would love a little more getting to know the characters, more relationship growth between characters, more side plots or things kind of happening in the background that aren’t life-or-death. I’m not saying the characters and relationships don’t have depth, just that I feel like there used to be a little more focus on these kinds of things and on the personal stakes and emotion, and it made me feel more connected to the story. This could be a purposeful and/or temporary thing caused by Cal’s situation though, since his whole life was upended. I think that’s why the big battle scene was my favorite in this book—I could feel more emotion and personal stakes for Cal.
But I am still enjoying the series! I still love the characters, the fast pace and action definitely keep my attention, and there are still some possible interesting plots and relationships to come in future books. This book even ended with a tease at something that I’m looking forward to seeing and learning more about.
Overall, this was another great book in this fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy! I always love getting to spend time with Cal, Cooper, Erica, Lucian, and this whole gang of lovable characters, whichever ones turn up, wherever they are, as they take down baddies together.
Fans of Books 1-7 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.