this third novel in the Echo Park Coven series, magic has
been loosed on the world, and the world is responding with
all the violence and paranoia one might expect. Magic users
are being attacked and killed. But the problem could be even
worse than that. The evil Flood might ultimately destroy the
world, magical and nonmagical alike. Blood sister, Lyse MacAllister,
and those she loves must find a way to restore the balance
before the end of everything, but the forces working against
them are vicious and driven by a zealous fervor for destruction.
The pacing of this third installment was considerably faster
than the other two in the series, and the story was compelling.
The emotional arc of the characters was interesting and believable.
I did feel that the deaths of several of the "bad guys"
felt both too sudden and too easy, and the ending was an interesting
choice but emotionally unsatisfying (as least for me as a
reader.) The storytelling is complicated and the jumps between
characters took some focus to follow, but I actually thought
that added to the book, letting us care about more people.
So, ultimately, this hasn't been my favorite series, but I
did find this last book engaging with a solid pacing. Because
of the complexity of the storyline, I would recommend reading
the series from the beginning rather than jumping in with
this final book.