Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed. Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman’s name. And it’s not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I’m forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions.
So it’s time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do – I must return to hell one last time.
The warlock had been hiding his hands behind his back, which made me more nervous than I liked to let on. Now he brought out an antique teapot.
“I was expecting something a little more.. penis shaped,” said Cole.
There is a lot coming together now. Bitten in Two is the penultimate book in the series, and there is a lot left to set up, and a lot left to happen before that end can come. This is a much slower book, and while I like it better than the first, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, it is only barely. This is just kind of boring vs. kind of not well put together.
Not only that, but nothing is really solved in Bitten in Two. As I kind of come to expect from penultimate books, everything is pushed off for the last book in the series. This just adds on more to the pile of things that have to be solved. And does it so slowly because for most of this book nothing really happens due to Vayl’s memory loss.
Memory loss is pretty much my least favourite trope. The entire book is centered on Vayl and trying to get his memory back while saving him from his destructive past. At least the memory loss isn’t on the main character. It adds a nice emotional element that is typically missing when it is centered on the main character.
Thankfully, the story is coming together a lot, now. While more is added onto what has to happen in order to finally relieve Jaz of Brude’s possession, everything that is added, save the memory loss, is there to help Jaz. However, even the memory loss does serve some purpose. It connects Vayl’s past to the last major player left in the Raptor’s confidences – Roldan, the Sol of the Velencia Weres.
Again, not much happens until the end, where everything seems to happen at once. Seriously the worst part, though, was how little Jaz and Vayl time I got because of the memory loss that takes most of the book to resolve. This is also just super serious, and has little of the funny humor I’ve come to expect out of the series.
Overall, kind of depressed. Still really good, just not what I wanted.
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