I was hooked pretty much immediately with this book — in previous books in this series it took some time to get into them (especially with the archaic language) but I was either familiar enough with the world or it just started at a faster pace, I’m not sure which. But I was swept into Romy and her friends’ lives within the first few pages and read the entire book in 2 days.
As usual with these adventures, a seemingly small job turns into a much bigger problem over the course of the book, and there are definitely some big reveals here about the magic of the Costa Drago. One of my favorite things about these novels is the way Romy, Neri, Placidio, and Dummond’s magic work together – and the way Vashta’s non-magical help is necessary too.
I was a little surprised to see the blurb mention “the conclusion to the trilogy” when it doesn’t really feel like one? I mean, the immediate events get wrapped up, and a lot of the bigger mystery hinted at in the first two books is revealed, but it leaves off with almost an expectation of another adventure, and there’s certainly more to learn about the supernatural events. I think I would be disappointed if there aren’t more books about Romy and her friends in the future. At the same time, if we don’t ever get any more adventures, this one left me satisfied enough not to feel cheated.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing an e-arc for review.