Although he was stripped of his magic in Demon Eyes (2012), Braden is still enmeshed in the power players’ various plots—and he’s sick of being a puppet.
The small town of Belle Dam is overflowing with magical heavy hitters such as feuding warlocks Jason Thorpe and Catherine Lansing, demons Lucian and Matthias, and the newly returned town founder (who stole Braden’s powers), Grace Lansing. Colorful supporting characters don’t allow Braden to slip into self-pity over his victimhood, instead pushing him to fight for his life. What they don’t know is that Braden is also fighting a prophecy predicting that he will become a terrible force of destruction and evil. Even without powers, Braden doesn’t lack agency; to evade those who would control him, he digs further into the history of the town and its ruling families. His own family’s history informs his evolving relationship with his father. Multiple desires—revenge against Catherine and Lucian, safety for Trey, the town’s liberation from the feud and Riley’s healing (she’s a casualty of his previous battle with Lucian)—converge in a desperate, dangerous plan that leads Braden down a dark path. Tracey nimbly weaves plot threads and character agendas to create intrigue, double crosses and demonic pacts in a race to a conclusion that will change Belle Dam forever.
A clever and thoroughly satisfying end to a strong trilogy. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)