Note: This is Book 4 in the series and really works best if read as part of the series.
It was nice revisiting Michelle’s witchy detective world again. I was glad to see that Ty (her magical T-rex), her guardian lion statues, and the protective plants were all still part of the story, if only minorly. Elron, Michelle’s elvish boyfriend, is still in the picture. I was glad that he had a backseat for most of the story as I find his character rather boring in this series.
The main plot centers around Michelle’s lack of clan loyalty. For a while now, since she had to go public with her powers in strength, several clans have wanted her to join. Michelle wants to stay free as she has been all her life and she’s built her detective and consulting business on her own. A clan probably wouldn’t allow her to keep doing her business. But now the clans are getting aggressive and Michelle has to fight back.
As a side thing, Michelle’s parents have decided to finally tie the knot. Michelle’s mom has officially joined her dad’s clan and now they are free to marry. And this leads to one of the weak points of the story. I kept expecting Michelle’s dad’s clan to step in and protect him, his wife, and perhaps Michelle since this other clan is breaking some serious rules and actually harming people. But that never happened and I felt that needed to be addressed somehow.
So over all, the story was fun and kept me engaged throughout the tale. There’s a good balance between action and character development. Well, except for Elron. He’s still a wet blanket. He’s got this selfish sad streak where he feels responsible for everything that goes wrong in the life of whatever woman he’s with. I was glad that he had less page time in this tale. All together, 4/5 stars.
The Narration: For the first 3 books, we had a single narrator (Jeff Hays). Now we’ve added Laurie Catherine Winkel. Both did fine but because I was used to hearing Michelle performed by Hays (excellent performance by the way), it took some time to get used to her voice coming from Winkel. There were no technical issues with the recording. 4.75/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.