Karen Chance has a track record of dragging out certain story-lines and leaving readers hanging on the edge. It's kind of ridiculous there's still a love triangle element by this point in the series, but she pushes it to the background for the plot's sake, although most readers like myself keep picking it apart looking for it. Cassie is a wonderful lead because she's kind of ditzy, funny a lot of the time, but there's something likable about her.
The story was good. As always, lots of action in this one, intense pacing, but it's not so manic that I felt dizzy, with the exception of the last few chapters. She dialed back some of overdone action scenes to give me breathing room, but there's so much going on in this book still. She involves all areas of magic - twists with the mage world and unsettling potentials of that, revelations about previous Pithias, involvement with the demon council in a scene or so, of course more maddening annoyance with the vampires...there's plenty that kept me entertained and hooked to this book's story.
The characters who were present well done - she brought in some new characters who offered welcome additions to the story, sketched out some like Rico who I didn't notice much before, and revisited favorites like Marco and Fred. A lot of progression on the de-progression of a certain relationship. Now, of course, the big question? Yep, a lot of waiting on the Pritkin angle. We get time with him, several times, but not the him we're used to. I had a feeling she'd drag that out for a lot of the book - what I didn't know would be it would be all the book. I still don't get some things by the end of it.
Mircea... I fall more into the category still of not trusting him for the right reasons any longer. I don't think he views her with the same love intensity she expects and needs. To him and all the vampires, it's consistently blended with possession, power and principle.
It was a long wait, and it doesn't progress in some important areas we're wanting, but it was still well done. Not quite a filler, but almost there, kind of the toe in the line between filler and non-filler. Argh.