Mae is still reeling from all the events that happened in London in The Demon’s Lexicon. She’s struggling to come to terms with her own guilt over the dead magician. But when Jamie becomes entangled with a powerful magician, she calls on the Ryves brothers to help them again: Alan, the sweet and kind brother, looking out for others; Nick, the cold and inhuman one, attempting to be more human. Mae is finding that everyone has a plan for Jamie, but none of them are going to tell her. All the people she’s trusted are lying to her, leaving her to make her own plans to save Jamie.
This book is about siblings. Alan and Nick are definitely not your everyday brothers, but their interactions are believable. Mae and Jamie have a strong and yet complicated bond. And the sarcastic humor that they all seem to constantly spout at one another is so much fun to read. The beginning of the story isn’t quite as intense and edge-of-your-seat action-packed as later in the book. But that ending! There is a lot going on and surprises coming all over the place. I admit it kind of confused as well as delighted me. There is so much going on at once that it is easy to miss stuff. A bit more action earlier and a bit less confusion later would have made this perfect. However, this a great, unique, well-written series.
Rated: Moderate, for some moderate language throughout, though no f-words. Also, while no sex actually occurs, there is plenty of sensuality and innuendo. There is plenty of violence as they fight often with swords and guns, thus gory bits make several appearances throughout.