Todd W. Brown
By far, this was the most edge-of-the seat book in the series (to date). I was actually concerned for the well-being of key characters; especially after a couple (no spoilers) of heavy duty supporting characters come to a gruesome end. For the first time, I wondered if Rachel and Co. would escape this one intact.
My ONLY negative here (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) is the Rachel/Trent relationship tango. Enough already. Either they are or they are not, but you can drag things on a bit too long/too far, and I believe that is the case here.
Harrison's strength is adding depth to even the minor characters that populate her world. It is one of the reasons that she has set a benchmark for the genre.
Keep your mind active.
I found the earlier books just ok earning about 3 stars, enough to keep my interest but not great. The series started frustrated me with the decisions the characters were making. Just enough to keep my interest. As the series has progressed, I have come to enjoy the story line more and more. Rachael’s sarcastic no bullshit rebellious attitude makes her great protagonist. Jenks is just great and his personality is perfect. I have learned to enjoy Al and Trent. This book lets you spend more time with Biz and learn more about gargoyles. Marguerite Gavin has a great voice and her narration is perfect for these stories.
This is a very entertaining book with a complex storyline. But, Harrison handles it well and you never get lost or bored. Rachel is at her best with the help of her friends. There is a lot of action and character development. This is one of the best examples of an urban fantasy series.
WOW what an amazing issue to this series.So many ups & downs.Lives & Loves lost. Harder choices to make & trusting people Rachel had originally thought not to trust.She is not alone though,Jenks & Ivy might be moving on with their lives but Rachel has found new foes with the Elves & the Demons,reconnecting two long time enemies to fight one powerful enemy. Will there be love or heart ache with the new relationship showing itself between Rachel & Trent.I can't wait to find out:)
5 by 5 by 5. Marguerite makes this story come alive as usual.
Kim wrote a great addition.
I am not sure how I got out of order, but I listened to 12 (The undead pool) before this one. 12 Aggravated me to no end for uncommon stupidity. In 11 (Ever After) the bad guys bests bests them through wit and ability. In 12, I really wanted Rachel to just die already so the rest of the characters in the story could move on and have a great series without epic stupidity
(I.E. sure let's trust this guy who has been saying he wanted you dead at every previous encounter. Maybe this time he is nice. Gawd idiotic. )
Anyway, enough about book 12. This one... excellent story line, excellent good guys. excellent bad guys (you really want to hate them all), great twists and turns.
I realize Harrison does not actually read these reviews, but pretending she does... Kim, please, re-re-read this one to see how you should do them and then re-re-read 12 to see how you absolutely should NOT. Rachel is a train wreck but not stupid.
I have never read the print version
Most - Biz finally getting some print time. Least - Nick, just kill the guy and put us all out of our misery
Marguerite has the ability to play so many different characters. It is what keeps this overly long book interesting
When Siri died.
We could save a couple hours of listening by just reducing the number of times Rachel says "I'm Sorry" and "Thank you" Most dramatic reflections (such as "do I trust Trent") are overdone. They are longer than they need to be. Even after that I will continue to listen. I like the characters. Hopefully Kim will not screw things up by significantly changing the three primary characters current living and work storyline.