Actions have consequences—a lesson Scarlett Bernard is learning the hard way. As a “null,” Scarlett has always been able to negate the powers of the supernatural beings that surround her. But now her reckless decision to permanently change Eli from a werewolf to a human has left the Los Angeles werewolf pack in shambles, and upset the balance of power among the city’s supernatural factions. To make matters worse, Scarlett’s employers discover that a newly changed werewolf is running amok in the city. To catch the rogue werewolf, Scarlett will need help from both Eli and Detective Jesse Cruz of the LAPD…a situation that will force her to finally choose between them.
However, Scarlett and her friends aren’t the only ones on the hunt—someone else is chasing the wolf. Someone with no reservations about collateral damage. Now Scarlett and her allies must stop both the rogue wolf and the deadly hunter before the full moon rises and all hell breaks loose.
Filled with the same suspense and wit readers loved in Dead Spots and Trail of Dead, this may be Scarlett Bernard’s most harrowing adventure yet…
“Thank you for the knife,” I said to him. “And for the boots,” I added to Molly. “I will wear them with pride and lethality.”
Molly put one hand over her heart and pretended to wipe tears from her eyes with the other. “That’s all I ever wanted,” she said dramatically.”
This was better than I was expecting when I started after two lackluster performances already. Instead this was actually a bit better written. I still couldn’t stand Scarlett, I still loathed Jesse. But, the plot was actually there this time.
The plot focused on a rogue werewolf. Also a group of werewolf killers. And Scarlett being hurt. A large part of the book was blaming Scarlett for her dumb, short-sighted, rage-inducing decision at the end of Trail of Dead. Seeing everyone blame Scarlett for that for a decent portion of the book made me better about hating it.
Scarlett is still a horrible person, but at least she makes better decisions this book. Jesse is still a judgemental asshole. Eli is the only good one of the three. The secondary characters, who I haven’t talked about up to this point, actually seem better this book, too. More real, more fleshed out. If you want to read more about Scarlett’s doctor, you can read Bloodsick, which explains the story of Will and the doctor’s origins.
This feels like it could be the end to the series, and I am grateful for that. I know there is another series that is a sequel to this series already written at the time of writing this review. It is nice to know, however, that this book feels like an end. It isn’t the best end to a series I’ve ever read. It is just a solid end. Scarlett has found her place in the Old World. She has the boy of her choice. She gets a dog. She grows up. It works as an ending.
The book was worth it to see how the series ended.
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