Plot: This thrilling novel offers an intricate, absorbing plot that takes readers literally into an atmospheric world of assassins, vampires, and other beings. As this is the second of a series, new readers will need to catch up; while sorting through a large cast of characters and key events leading to the timeframe of this work is a challenge, it is truly worth the effort.
Prose/Style: The author is a gifted writer, demonstrating great command of language, action, dialogue and grammar. Her words and the storyline flow, making this a highly enjoyable read from start to finish.
Originality: The author has created an entirely new realm, unique and complete. She has done an admirable job crafting an original story, with distinct characters and a captivating plot line. This is an author at the top of her game.
Character Development: Estep clearly understands characterization. All players in the story, whether significant or minor, are created with finesse and distinction. Estep's protagonist--an assassin who runs a BBQ restaurant and is eagerly anticipating her friend's wedding--carries both depth and contradiction. Her rare abilities are somewhat less intriguing than her other characteristics.
Date Submitted: August 07, 2019