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With a definitive ending, but also a build up for the over arching story line for the series. I really can't wait to see what is coming next! Existing characters grow and change more in this one I think. New characters are introduced that will definitely have huge impact on the story to come. Yes, as usual when I read Mrs. Hoyt, needed a Kleenex or two. Lots of laughing, that I occasionally had to try to explain, that is harder than you might think with this book. ;) in my opinion this was the best one yet. Really enjoy the puzzling out what is or is not moral if you happen to be a shape shifters. This is not a series that I think you can dive into anywhere- my recommendation would be to start at the beginning. And I am jealous of you for getting to read them for the first time if you're in that position. Although I have to admit I will be reading these again and again. What a tale!
This is the third book in a shape shifter series. I enjoyed the first 2 books immensely and this book followed in the tradition of wonderful stories. Tom and Kyrie are wonderful characters. I have so much respect for Tom after this. He certainly confuses the baddies! We do like that. He has a unique view towards power that most do not and will never understand. The Great Sky Dragon may never be the same.
I do wish Kyrie could be a stronger character, but I understand with the story line she could not. I definitely want to see what happens in the next story. I am sure Sarah Hoyt, sneaky writer that she is, will put something, or rather a number of somethings, in it that makes us go hhhmmmmm and WOW!
I definitely recommend you read the first 2 stories before you read this one. This definitely builds on what has happened in the previous books and you will be lost before you start reading. But all 3 books are worth the price and time it takes to read them. I do hope the next book comes out quicker than this one did! I know Sarah, not your decision.....LOL
Goldport is a strange little town, with all its unnatural problems centered on an all-night Diner named the George now run by Tom and Kyrie, a shifter couple who just want a normal life and the fryer not to catch fire. It's been the source of several murder mysteries and seen friendships formed and romance blossom, and could easily have kept us entertained with a whole long series of cozy mysteries and all-night diner lingo.
Instead, the stakes are raised to a whole new level here. While Rafiel is chasing down a feral teenage shifter who's killed before and will again, and Bea Ryu is trying to struggle out of the intrigue and careful plans of the Chinese Triad's Great Sky Dragon, there are much bigger problems afoot. Problems that will bring down the mightiest and oldest among shifters, and threaten to open gates long sealed to hide the earth from an ancient evil...
And one of their waiters just asked to hold a debut concert at the diner.
This is one of my very favorite series. The characters may get into some scary, scary hijinks, and face All The Bad Stuff but they remain fundamentally good, and fundamentally determined to do good, and more they remain fundamentally committed to viewing individuals for who and what they are and not painting all of humanity (and shiftermanity) based on the darkest and most devilish. They aren't Pollyanna's by any stretch of the imagination, but woeful gloom and doom is absent, as it should be from entertainment.
This book follows Tom, Kyrie, Rafael, and friends as Bad Stuff happens to them, The Great Sky Dragon, and they learn a bit more about the universe, shifting and inevitably themselves.
Number three in the shifter series and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Not to say that this is the last of the story, there's room to add and build another story though it's not necessary. I enjoyed the three books as I enjoy all of Ms. Hoyt's creations. Her main characters are believable in a story premise that lends itself to shall we say, flights of imagination.
I have no problem admitting that I am a fan of Sarah's but I gave this book 4 stars because it deserved it. I thought that the first book was a little weak but interesting enough to keep reading the series. I believe that each book has gotten stronger in the development of this world's mythology. That together with the strong relationships she is able to create has made this a strong series to enjoy.
The third book (Night Shifters has the first two, in one) and if anything it had me more entranced than the first couple. If you liked the first two even a little bit, do not start reading this late in your day - you will lose sleep to the book. Lulls? What are those? Something is always happening and engaging.