This book has a lot going for it - compared to the others in the series, it's much longer. It fully explores a lot of the demon world (98% of the book takes place there). Kara learns about new abilities and how to strengthen as a summoner and further.
On the downside, most of the characters which are well known and loved from the previous series aren't around. They helped keep the life of the other books so their absence is missed. The biggest issue is a huge change with a major character. Their personality is revealed here to be completely different. Well, maybe not completely different, but not likeable anymore. It almost feels like a cop-out sort of cheat to me, and several other readers, as forcing the hand to end a triangle. I would wonder if this is the author's reasoning (or part of it) but then Kara ends up getting together with someone new again!
Also, the book, while fascinating with the world exploration, seemed to drag on at parts when it didn't before. There's a lot of decent action, but it's spread far out.
As with another book in this series, I again had issue with Kara's unreasonably vulgar, and unrealistic language. I'm no prude and profanity is used often in Urban Fantasy (realistically), but this example is just crass and turns me off:
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3 "Would it piss you off if I told you he sucked on my tits and bent me over the table in his chamber and fucked me?" 4
I mean, seriously? Who talks like that?? No one I know.
Besides the language annoyance, the slower parts that could keep things less nail-biting than before, the bitter change of a main, and the absence of characters and the world Kara exists in we typically adore, there's also a pretty big change in her career. In addition, when characters are finally shown, they just don't see the same or like the ones we know. Perhaps that's just me though, or else I felt different after reading such a long book where Kara was with different people, in a different environment, and setting different priorities than she ever has before.
If you're a fan of the series, it's worth a read. Of course at the end I was wanting more but thankfully the author did NOT end on a massive cliffhanger like before. In my mind this is the weakest of the series.
I did an "Early Chapter" feature for this book with links to the first two chapters.
“Hell, right now my only weapons were Obnoxious and Snark, and I intended to use them whenever possible.”
“I have missed you. And I did not know anything was missing.”