Love and doom are in the air in this penultimate volume of a popular urban fantasy series (Ever After, 2013, etc.).
After so many series installments infused with daywalking demon Rachel Morgan’s self-doubt, neuroses and rash behavior, it’s nice to see her finally achieve some emotional maturity, expand her circle of trust and seize some happiness for a change. If this novel had a theme song, it would be the Etta James version of “At Last.” Readers have been waiting quite a while for Rachel and elf Trent Kalamack to finally admit their feelings for each other and act on them, despite the hereditary enmity of their races and the fact that Trent is engaged to someone else. Fans will relish the moment and will also dig into the rest of the plot, which features Harrison’s usual (and usually enjoyable) Evil Conspiracy and labyrinthine plot twists, Rachel rushing to save the day. In this latest crisis, waves of wild magic are flowing from Rachel’s ley-line, causing charms to misfire, often with devastating results. The waves are also putting all of Cincinnati’s undead vampire masters to sleep, leaving the living vampires to rampage through the city. How have vampires gained control over wild magic, which is the province of the elves? Is Rachel somehow responsible for these incidents, and if not, why do the waves seem to be tracking her?
A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.