Wow... Just wow. I can honestly say that this book blew me away. The fact that Mr. Barant can write a supernatural series while still maintaining a credible female lead and still have a twisty, edge of your seat mystery is absolutely astounding.
Book 5 of the Bloundhound Files starts rather innocently, with Jace doing the girly, agonizing over her new relationship with Cassius, while still trying to maintain her straightforward, no BS, cool chick image. She succeeds and, in an interesting twist (first in a long series of mind blowing twists), is contacted by who we can kinda call her semi arch nemesis, Stocker, in a strange bid for help. This pulls her over to Canada, which in Thropirelem (the alternate universe that Jace was originally pulled into that's mainly populated by werwolves and vampires and humans as a very small minority), is a cesspool of crime and corruption. There, he asks for her help in tracking down who is kidnapping pire children and finding out why.
Part of this amazing story is going along with Jace on this rollercoaster of a case so, like usual, I'm not going to summarize or spoil the story. What I can say is... I don't know how Mr. Barant does it. He created an alternate universe, filled it with the usual supernatural creatures and made it not only believable but credible. His world building is amazing and after reading this book, I'm still agog at the, for lack of a better term, vast world he's created. Not only that but the dialog... it makes me smile b/c it is *just*that*good*. Jace and Charlie are the best team I think I've ever read. They have the perfect partnership. They fit so well and their witty banter is sharp, sarcastic, and very, very funny.
And Jace is the perfect mix of sarcasm and wiley banter. I love how Mr. Barant has made her a kick ass, intelligent, and resourceful character while not imbibing her with unrealistic powers or abilities. She is perfectly believable as a strong woman, who jumps in feet first and can think fast on her feet. I'm amazed that Mr. Barant is Mr. Barant as he writes Jace perfectly and never falls into stereotypes.
What also amazes me is the complex and complicated "mystery" that Mr. Barant created. It's not just who is doing what, but the supernatural forces directing behind the scenes. And how Jace can navigate around actual gods and magical creatures vastly superior to her.
I am clearly a fan of Mr. Barant and this series is definitely one of my favorite. I anxiously await each and every new book and I've gotten to the point where I preorder them the instant they are available. I'm hoping that this series continues on for a long while mainly just to see the amazing and complex situations that Jace finds herself involved in.