I read something else off the pile! I’ve talked about this series before and how much I like it, but the third volume was sitting in the pile for a while. Whoops. Finally got around to it and, SURPRISE, I liked it.
It is a lot more domestic than the other volumes. Hazel has a stable house and they have their recovery arc from all the craziness of the previous two volumes. Even The Will1 gets a nice domestic arc, though as you can imagine, the arcs don’t stay terribly domestic.
I was more focused on some of the world building that happened in this one than anything else. We spend a good time away from the characters having their down time and instead focused on these two reporters who I really hope we see more of. At first I thought it was a tabloid sort of thing and I still don’t really know why they’ve latched onto the story in the first place, but I’m kind of invested in them and they’re now characters I am looking forward to resurfacing in the future.
Also, just the fact that we get little insights into Alana’s back story without it seeming forced or out of place. As a framing device for it, the reporting on the kidnapping was a great way to show Alana’s history without actually having her spout exposition.
And, of course, ending on a cliff hanger. I suspect the next book will pick up again, but it was nice to have a bit of a quieter book with a bit of exposition and world building.
- God, that name is still stupid sounding to me [↩]