I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I figured it would turn into a new favorite, but the second let me down a little. The third continues what the second did, worth reading but not worth overly praising.
Like many books, it started weaker and kept growing stronger, but took awhile to build up to an arresting point. Most of the things that plagued the second continue here, namely not enough tension in the plot. Once the story took off, we're gifted with a well-done ending, battle, and surprising betrayal.
Characters don't come across fully dimensional, and Merit is unrealistically gifted with too many talents and appeals. She doesn't have enough problems pushing against that. The thing with Ethan...well, it didn't do anything for me and just felt awkward, kind of thing that had to be there because the series was leading up to it.
On the plus side, finally she and Mal made up, love that girl.
There was a certain decision she was weighing for most of the book. How could she even have considered joining in the first place? I found that betraying and didn't sit well with me either, but she made the right choice, which helped save the book.
I enjoyed the shapeshifter convocation and events more than anything with the vampires. I have the fourth to read, and will see from that one if I'll bother continuing the series.
“The best revenge is a life well lived.”