Ethical vampire librarian Amber Fang is back for a last hurrah.
Three months after her last outing, Amber Fang has a good lead for finding her missing mother, kept hostage by ZARC Industries. With the help of her boss (and romantic interest), Dermot, the dwindling forces of the League, and the ninja librarians known as the Returns, Amber has every reason to hope this time she will succeed. But a botched mission leaves Amber alone, hurt, and on the run from ZARC and its increasingly dangerous AI Hector as well as from the nonethical vampires who wish to use Amber’s fertile womb to save their species. Will Amber manage to survive—and save her mother and herself from their enemies? Amber has come a long way in this third book: She plans better, is more confident, fights more effectively, and reacts more cautiously to the dangers coming her way. With an abundance of literary allusions, librarian in-jokes, and plenty of high-stakes action, the series comes to a fitting, satisfying conclusion. With so many factions interested in Amber’s and her mother’s ovaries, though, there is a missed opportunity for a more in-depth conversation about women’s agency, especially after an unsettling connection is made between good morals and fertility in female vampires. The majority of characters are assumed white with a couple of minor Chinese American characters in the mix.
A breezy, bloody, well-rounded send-off. (Paranormal thriller. 14-adult)