Mr. Correia is firing away in this one. We're back
to the original cast and the story simply doesn't slow down. I finished reading
my copy of this book in a matter of hours. If you liked the others, you will
like this one. The characters are growing and changing, and that's very
important to me. The background folks and the rules of the world continue to be
solid and believable. I think the stories are getting tighter, and shorter...
or maybe I'm just reading them faster than before.
There are competing monster hunting companies galore in this story. The “extra
secret government agency” was back as well.. You know, the ones nobody ever
speaks of. Just like all the other branches nobody ever speaks of. I still hate
bureaucracy, but I see why we couldn't just stick with the one agency we knew.
It hasn't helped my positive opinions of government, that's certain. The interplay
between two competing agencies mixing with rival hunter organizations did make
interesting relationship moves for all the characters.
Relationships continue to grow and change
along the way. One of the difficulties I had with this book is that I hadn't
had the chance to read a short story that was released by the author at some
point between the previous book and this one and I felt like I was missing
something. I would have been happier if I hadn't felt that void as clearly as I
did. It was noticeable, and I think that hurt the story for me just a little.
That brings me to another important point
- if you haven't read the other books in the series, you'll be lost. This book
depends on your knowledge of the rest of the series and I believe it would have
difficulties standing on its own. As the fourth book most people picking it up
will be fans of the series, so I expect the book will still do well, but if
you're going to recommend the series to anyone, definitely get them to start at
the beginning. This isn't a “you can jump in anyplace” kind of series. Fans of
the series will get it when I say that Grant Jefferson is still a douche, but that part might
not feel as true to anyone that hasn't read the other books.
The story does wrap up, but leaves a number
of lose ends that all point to the next book. I'll be looking for the next one!
Star Total: 4 out of 5 stars