My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book doesn’t disappoint. Like all of Rowland’s Kara Gillian books, there’s snappy dialog, action and nifty arcane happenings. As always, when I got the end I wished there was more. I didn’t like it quite as much as Mark of the Demon, only because it felt like there was less going on. The last two books were filled with excitement and this one seemed like more of Kara wandering around trying to figure out what was going on. I did like how the deaths Kara was investigating worked with the overall plot though, that seemed to mesh better this time.
I was a little disappointed there wasn’t very much Rhyzkahl in this one. What we did see was a different version of his usual intensity, but I couldn’t help but feel he was missing here.
I love, love, love the addition of Eilahn as a full-time fixture. Her and Fuzzykins added a lot to this one and gave a more ‘sidekick’ feeling than the other friends Kara has. I also liked that she encouraged Kara to keep better contact with the other important people in her life, which sometimes our brave heroine forgets.
Now, on to the infamous cliffhanger. I wasn’t particularly troubled by it. I was actually quite pleased that this book didn’t follow the “cop drama” model as closely as the others. Of course, I will only continue to say this if we don’t have to way too long for the next one!