This is one of the books I have been looking forward to the release of. And I was lucky enough that the audiobook came out at the same time as the paper book (yeah) so I could continue to listen the series rather than reading it.
I think this is one of the best urban fantasy series out there! Rachel Morgan the protagonist is such a wonderful character. She is so well-rounded. She got tons of flaws and makes mistakes but that just makes her human. She is not one of the flat “strong female characters” that sadly takes up too much of the genre.
She has complicated and very real relationships, not least with her roommate Ivy who is a vampire. Earlier in the series Ivy was in love with Rachel without it being reciprocated. She also has a really complicated relationship with the elf Trent. Rachel’s love life is a bit part of the series without it slipping into paranormal romance territory (not that there is anything wrong with that).
Friendship, love and respect are among the biggest themes in the series. But it also delves into darker subjects such as racism and race relations. The tensions between the human world and the supernatural subcultures comes to the forefront of this installment of the series. Another theme that keeps coming back are the dysfunctional relationships between child and sire in the vampire world. Those relationships comes not only with a huge power imbalance but also with addiction and attraction. All the themes are delved with intelligently, nuanced and with respect for the lives involved. Oh and the book is funny as well – mustn’t forget that there is a big portion of humor in the books. And of course there is snark, it wouldn’t really be urban fantasy without it, now would it?
I should probably also add that I couldn’t put the book down. I kept finding excuses to listen to it. I definitely recommend it.
Published: 2014 by Voyager
Read: March 23 to 25, 2014
The author: female, white, USA
The protagonist: females, straight, adult, witch, USA, Cincinnati, able-bodied.