by Jesus Ibarra
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The eighth book in this exciting urban fantasy series is in a way a readjustment that cleverly sets up a possible endgame. It adds creative energy into this long-running series by having Kate and Curran break away from the Pack. This book takes that energy and runs with it. Seeing Kate and Curran living away from the Pack and dealing with new problems is so much fun. And while this is firmly a book for fans who have been keeping up, it is written in such a way that you could jump into it. This series has always been defined by its strong lead character Kate—who has some rough edges and is witty as hell—and by her connections to the supporting characters.
Although Kate and Curran have broken away from the Pack, they still have to deal with shapeshifter business while confronting a supernatural mystery that they can’t fight with their bare hands. There is still lots of great action, but there’s also some great detective work that goes into the mystery of exactly what’s going on in post-apocalyptic Atlanta.
What I love most about this series is its commitment to its world-building. The author has always had a deft hand with the mythological creatures she uses. And the big baddie in this book was an interesting twist that I haven’t seen anywhere before. Of course it’s well-written and well-paced, so at this point its all about the story—and the story is there. If you’ve been reading this series, this is another great entry into it; if you haven’t, go pick it up. It’s one of the best urban fantasy series that has great characters, world-building, and action.
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