last novel in the series begins with the event so many fans
have been waiting for, the wedding of Merit and Ethan. It's
as charming and romantic as any fan could hope, and as fraught
with unexpected peril. Some sorcery is driving people mad
in Chicago, and even vampires are not immune. But as violent
as that turns, it's nothing compared to what's coming. I found
this installment of the series fast-paced and compelling.
I'm not really a fan of the romantic stuff, but I do think
most of the couples in the series are fairly adorable together.
Merit is a great, strong female lead and I appreciated getting
a chance to see some of the other characters on display in
the plot, including Mallory, who is one of my favorite fictional
magic-makers. As generally happens, the humans were a bit
slow on the uptake and generally got in the way and made everything
worse. Speaking as a human, we're just a bit extra stupid
in this one, though Merit's grandfather is his usual impressive
self. My only real issue would be with the super-villain in
this book, as she mostly seems to come in and out of the book
as a fashion accessory more than as a real, worrisome villain.
That weakened the tension a bit for me, but the breakneck
speed of the action kept that from weakening the book as much
as it could. I also wasn't sure how I felt about the ending,
which jumps us ahead by over a year in a kind of cute epilogue.
I wasn't sure I really loved that part, but I suspect it was
more a present for passionate fans of the Merit-Ethan relationship
who simply wouldn't be happy without finding out how it all
ends -- or how all the new things begin.