IS IT WRONG TO FEAR SHADOWS WHEN THOSE SHADOWS HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY YOU?
The City’s supernatural community is still in mourning, but there’s no time to spend licking their wounds. The face of the City has changed forever and now her citizens must keep up or risk succumbing to the darkness.
As the Magi withdraw to protect themselves and their vulnerable power source, it falls to the Werewolves to step into the void left by a crippled SMV. The Vampires are more than willing to help, but things are moving in the shadows; bad things that threaten to destroy everything Julius has worked for. Princep scheming seems suspicious, but in truth the greater danger lurks much closer to home.
When one of Gabi’s Werewolf friends is kidnapped by tech-savvy vigilantes it seems like an open and shut case of humans fearing what they do not understand. But as Julius travels from the City to answer the Princeps’ summons, leaving Gabi in the relative safety of the Clan, it soon becomes clear that they’ve misjudged the real enemy.
Left confused and floundering, it’s the Princep Benedict who finally provides the information they desperately seek. But his answers do not come without a price.
Defending their beloved City may seem overwhelming, but, come Hell or high water, Hellcat and Co will do whatever it takes.
Batten down the hatches, a tempest is imminent.
May the fire release your soul
May the water cleanse your sins
May the air carry your spirit gently
May the earth receive you gladly
May the wheel turn and bring you rebirth.
At the beginning of this book, I thought it would be my least favourite of the series. Not because historically I’ve had trouble with the penultimate book in a series due to it being set up for the last book. No, I figured I would have problems with it because my entire reason for reading this series, Gabi and Julius, have to split up and go two different directions so they can get a handle on the situation.
Despite how much I thought I wasn’t going to like this, I actually wound up liking it quite a bit. Forcing them apart brought them even closer together. It also forced some development in the plot and characters, because we weren’t always so closely wrapped up in the two main characters. I really enjoyed this a lot, the most I’ve enjoyed the series so far.
There are two stories.
The first is that Julius has to go back to the Princep Council for business. He is afraid certain elements are going to use it to take Gabi away from him and kill him. You remember that doppelganger from a few books ago? Yes, it shows up again, just when we need someone to impersonate Gabi! This requires for the author to surprise us with a new evil group of vampires that comes out of nowhere. Apparently there are two sides that are trying to control all the vampires (and probably all the supernaturals, too). This may have been introduced last book but I don’t remember it, I was blindsided with this.
The second story is Gabi’s. On the surface is about a bunch of werewolf hunters who are humans who are killing werewolves just because they believe all of them are evil. There is also a bit about having to defend the city from a pack of vampires trying to edge in while Julius (and Gabi, which they think is gone) are away. Below the surface, it is about Gabi learning to take her place as Julius’ consort and as a power in the city. I wish there was more time devoted to this last book because it is just kind of glossed over.
Things are really easy for the main characters, despite the consequences. Julius’ magic is really, really strong despite only just learning of it. Gabi is able to do pretty much everything she tries. Everything is wrapped up without too much troubles. I have no doubt that everything isn’t going to go alright unless the author has a reason for a particular thing going wrong.
For a penultimate book in a series, this didn’t feel like just set up for the last. I can definitely appreciate when this happens. Onto the last, where I will have to say goodbye to Gabi and Julius.
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