*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.
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Peace never lasts long in Calvin Kinsey’s world. And Havoc’s next target is Paris.
It’s been two months since the skirmish with the Children of Enoch in Moscow led to a number of startling revelations. Since then, Cal Kinsey has been honing his magic skills and practically bouncing off the walls for news about the missing Cooper Lee.
When the house elders of the Vampire Federation decide to hold a conference in France, Cal jumps at the opportunity to get his feet on the ground in the sprawling city of Paris. But soon after he arrives, the conflict with the Children heats up once more, and Cal finds himself struggling to protect the city’s civilians from the mounting threats:
A dangerous elemental creature seeks to settle a grudge against the Children, and they’ll destroy anything that gets in their way. The Black Knights are conspiring to further the Children’s plans, and they don’t care who they have to kill in the process. And the Children themselves are working on a dastardly scheme that, if successful, could spell disaster for the entire world.
Driven by his intense desire to find Cooper Lee, Cal prepares to fight his most difficult battle yet. And while he now has many powerful allies on his side, nothing may be strong enough to stop the tide of destruction that the Children of Enoch seek to unleash.
Storm Master is the eighth book in the action-packed City of Crows urban fantasy series.