Wow, this one felt so different from the other books! A whirlwind. That’s what this book felt like, in a good way. Almost sort of thriller-esque, with characters being kidnapped and traveling halfway across the world to chase down the baddies and making frantic plans.
It really ratcheted up the tension and danger and action. When I think about it, I don’t recall that much action in the sense of fighting, more like lots of energy and movement and inner chaos and sometimes outer chaos. As one of the descriptions says, Quentin was in “a race against time,” and as the reader, I could feel that. I could also feel how frayed he was getting as the book went on. Laurence too, at times. Somehow, the author made the book feel very frenetic.
This one also brought to fruition a lot of what was being set up in previous books. The overarching plot. But only one part, there’s still more for these characters!
Speaking of which, we were back with Laurence and Quentin this time, and they’re great. They have their struggles, they know about each other’s struggles and have seen each other at their worst, but they have each other and are there to support each other. Also, I felt especially terrible for Quentin in this one, but I was proud of him too. When it was Laurence at stake, he really stepped up and dove right out of his comfort zone.
Freddy and Michael were back too, though not the stars of the show.
Lots of supernatural powers and magic. Freddy’s powers are so interesting; there are some ways of using telepathy in these books that I’ve never come across or thought about before. Quentin’s and Laurence’s powers are interesting too, especially as the men get better at using them, but Freddy’s are just next level.
Anyway, a whirlwind of a book, and a great one in the series!
Major Trigger/Content Warning: Child rape & incest (mentioned and depicted numerous times throughout the book as the character started remembering and having flashbacks).
Fans of Books 1-4 in A.K. Faulkner's Inheritance series. Anyone who likes psychic/telekinetic abilities, magic, sweet and strong m/m romance, slow-burn sex, and characters struggling with addiction and abuse trauma.