Blurb: If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.
Fae can’t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must align herself to a court, and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.
Review: There is always a huge worry when there is a large gap between releases in a series that it just won’t be the same as it was before, even more so when that gap lasts 4 years. I can say that this had very much the same feel as the previous 3 books, which is and isn’t necessarily a good thing.
It is good because all the elements that I’ve loved about this series are still there. The world is still rich in both characters and setting. We get to see plenty of it in this book and is the biggest reason for the rating, along with an interesting main story line.
It is not so good because it seems as though the characters didn’t grow or progress all that much from the previous books. There was no obvious or significant change in Alex’s powers. There is still the three-way drama with her sort of relationships with Falin and Death. The only difference at all doesn’t even take place until the end of the book and even that is apparently just a temporary fix that doesn’t actually solve anything.
On a spoiler note…
While this does resolve the main issue story line, it also doesn’t. It mostly leaves a whole lot of open ended speculation that there is more going on than what we saw here. It also felt pretty anti-climactic that the reader never learns why Glitter didn’t burn out Alex like it did every other user. You can speculate that it is because she is at least part Fae, along with the Winter Queen, but it is never actually addressed. You would think that with her ability to see through glamours, it wouldn’t have affected her the same way and that there should have been a very different affect on the Queen than there was on Alex.
I do really enjoy this series, but I would love it a whole lot more if we could get past the unnecessary relationship flip flopping and move on to something different now. Resolve it one way or another and lets explore Alex’s place within the world of Faerie as that seems to be a much more important issue.