Blurb: Imagine a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation….
I was raised to do the right thing. But to my family that means staying safe behind the walls of human society. To be a respectable metalmage and never put myself at risk. But the treaty is faltering. And if it fails, nothing is safe. To help save the city and everyone I care about, I will use whatever means I can to ensure the negotiations to renew the treaty are successful—even if that means forging an alliance with a man who is the very opposite of the right thing….
Fen is trouble. Wild. He would rather bind himself in iron and drink himself into oblivion than learn to master the visions that come to him. Those visions might just hold the key to peace, and it seems that my power might hold the key to his control—if I can keep it around him….
Review: As a series, I have really enjoyed the blend of Fae, Vampire, Shifters and Magic users that exist in this world. It is a very unique blend that includes a touch of steampunk to the mix. The first two books are a bit more self contained than this one. You absolutely must know what has happened in those to really understand and grasp some of the underlying plot lines in this book.
The focus on this book is Saskia, a metalmage, and Fen, a mixed breed seer and what their part is in the overall story arc of the series as well as their relationship with each other. I’m not certain that their characters were quite as strong or interesting as the characters in the previous books, but this book wasn’t quite as clean cut as the others either. It seemed to be more stage setting for the next book than anything which necessitated a level of complexity that we haven’t seen before.
Even though the characters didn’t come across as well for me, I did really enjoy this book. There was an awful lot of stuff going on in this one and it ended on a “what the hell just happened” note that made it a bit frustrating with where it actually ended as I just wasn’t ready to be finished yet.