*I received an ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.*
This series is one of the best combinations of mythology and urban fantasy. It’s my thing. And Ellie Di Julio managed to keep this true, even though it’s been a long time since I read the previous installment in the series.
One of the biggest factors of why this series works so well for me is the two main characters. Cora just keeps getting better as a heroine, becoming stronger and knowing her own character flaws. This was especially true in this book, since Cora knew when she was being overdramatic, or heading down a dark path. I really appreciated that type of maturity.
As for Jack, he continued to endear himself to me. He’s changed a lot throughout the course of these three books. He’s learning what it’s like to have true, deep emotions, and I love watching him grow into himself. All of this is really evident in this novel, because we see some things from his perspective. I really liked watching him develop strength based on his feelings, and I’m really excited to see where he ends up at the end of this series.
In this book, Jack got assigned to guard a Japanese ambassador while she’s on assignment in New York, vampires were turning up as ash all around NYC, and there’s a relic that Cora and Jack need to find to keep world-changing catastrophe from happening. And on top of all that, it’s revealed that the agency possibly has some spies. So yes, this book was quite fast-paced, just the way I like my urban fantasy. Also, I found myself really liking the world-building of this series. The idea that supernatural creatures’ identities and personalities could be shaped by human belief is just fascinating. I loved it!
In the end, I totally recommend this book for urban fantasy readers. Of course, if you haven’t started this series, definitely go back to the beginning and start with book one, “The Transmigration of Cora Riley”. You need to read this series in order to understand everything. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to? There are gods, mythological artifacts, and tons of supernatural creatures. In short, get on this series!
Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in Hamilton, Ontario with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike husband and their two cats. Between nerd activities like playing Final Fantasy IX or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen and tries to figure out what it's all about, when you really get down to it. She also writes urban fantasy novels and short stories riddled with pop culture references, peculiar memories, and sexy secret agents.
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