This is the book that brings the threads together for a big “Season Finale” book in the Bloodlines series. We get nail biting, desperate suspense, AND some top-notch team ups from the characters we’ve met so far. Carson, Hale, Jared, and my personal favourite, MAC/CID. A whipsaw of last-ditch actions and laugh out loud arse kickings with barely a wasted word keeps the intensity throttle rammed all the way forward. My only complaint is that the hell of Jared’s existence is underplayed. The authors went for a tone with his culpability in these crimes that I don’t think really fully expressed the total helplessness and deep violation of self that had been inflicted on him, nor the horrors of what might have been inflicted on his family... far beyond the mere threat of death.
I think this was a deliberate choice to NOT derail the genre and leave their readers feeling theyd been tricked into reading a psychological horror, but I also think it cheated the character. I would very much have liked to see him get a detailed, protracted and graphic beatdown of the Emperor, I still feel like there’s a lot of emotional catharsis that needs to happen just for the drama to balance right.
Probably my favourite part is the sense of hope by the end of the book. The series has been long on desperation and stoic endurance, and I am very heartened to see the possibility of the Good Guys getting some truly epic firepower on board.
This entry was good. Plenty of fast paced action both in space and ground. The threads come together. Questions such as what is the origins of the core are given. Jared has been put through the ringer with his family used as hostages for his good behaviour and in this entry he gets some resolution. Other characters shine. The ending shows that this spinnoff series has plenty of room to grow.