Reviewed by May
I had been hugged by a giant, super intelligent, pacifist bear. I could do this. I could do anything. I just had to walk in and call for a family meeting.
Connor “Mad” Rogan and Nevada Baylor are back in the third and final installment of their series. Book two left us with huge questions and open issues – and I am happy to say that in this third installment we do find a fairly satisfying conclusion. This book, like the two that came before it, is filled with action, great interactions between Connor and Nevada, and a whole lot of intrigue.
What this book does not do, is add to the series in a way that couldn’t have been done simply by lengthening and enriching the second book. As a writing team, Ilona Andrews is unmatched in writing romance that is full of action, magic, and unique characters. So to find a lot of issues with this series is disappointing to say the least, especially considering the length of time between book 1 and 2, and how quickly both 2 and 3 were released.
For me the root of the problem is that all throughout there is this massively powerful secret group working. There is going to be a catastrophic overthrow of Houston. Oh no! Oh wait – there’s never a really big awesome payoff. Its way more speculation and theory, and a lot less showing results. In addition to this the choice is made to throw in a “problem” in the form of an ex (Connor’s) trying to win him back. Both of these choices seem to add more conflict for the sake of it verses adding to the overall story and neither paid off.
I was also not a fan of the ending, which was in ways satisfying. *BUT* I couldn’t tell if it was done as it is because the authors wanted to leave it open for possible future books, or because they couldn’t think of a better way to wrap it up.
While I have complaints now that the series is complete – I still love it. How is this possible? It’s an Ilona Andrews series, and even when off their A-game or not quite up to normal standards we are still talking better than most anything else out there. Connor and Nevada are still at the center here and remain two of my all-time favorite characters. We get to see Nevada’s family in action more than ever and you can’t help but root for them.
When I was able to get this third book I began at the first and read them straight through. There is a lot to love with the characters- they are so wonderfully written they come to life and you’d swear you are right there in the adventure with them. It’s action and romance packed, it never stops, and it is a lot of fun. So despite my overall complaints, and without adding anything to spoil the fun – it’s worth your time to read this series.
It is one I will re-read, and I will add it to the Edge series as one I hope to see future spin-offs or books in some form from. Nobody writes quite like the Ilona Andrews team – and I will continue to pick up and enjoy their books.