Plot: Creating many subplots is risky, but here the author manages to pull them together and hold on to the main premise of the story, preparing the eager reader for Book 3 at the end. It seems there is never a dull moment, with plenty of twists and cliffhanging chapters. Even though this was a second novel in the series, most readers will not have an issue picking up the plot.
Prose: At times it seems there too much of a shift in the tone between characters, making those that are human seem sarcastic and less serious about the circumstances and those that are fantastical more in control of the situation through their language. It is hard to tell if this is intentional, but it seems to make light of the current situation.
Originality: Ash has created an unusual world with a blend of characters in different lifeforms. Readers may be surprised to find zombies, humans, vampires, and shapeshifters all living among each other in a world that is recognizable as Earth, as well as an immersive original planet.
Character Development: Characters are courageous here, and readers will root for some while hope others meet their demise. Main and supporting characters are well-developed and even throughout the book. Strong female characters are always a plus in a fantasy novel like this.
Date Submitted: May 14, 2019