*** There are spoilers here for the earlier instalments of this series. ***
Things are getting darker for Allie and her friends. Right from the start, Allie is faced with the most difficult of tasks - tracking down the soul of her lover and attempting to free him from Death.
There are dark, desperate, vengeful creatures out there in the darkness, determined to break the laws of magic and life to get back what they have lost. Allie, Shame and the remnants of the Authority are all that stands between them and the people of Portland.
I'm still struggling to like Allie as much as I want to. She's such a petulant child at times that I really want to shake some sense into her every other page. She really needs to learn that sometimes other people really do know better than her. She's also very self-centred. Take for instance the time when she decides to bitch and moan about being locked in a car instead of helping an injured friend in the aftermath of a fierce magical battle. Allie, love, it's not all about you all the time.
Shame, on the other hand, is a magnificent character. He is stroppy, stubborn and angry at times, but he is also fiercely loyal, astoundingly selfless and awesomely powerful. So far, he is the stand out character in this series for me. I also find myself wanting to know more and more about his relationship (or lack of) with Terric. Their relationship is far more interesting to me than that of Allie and Zayvion.
No cliffhanger for this book, unlike the last one. But onto book 6 it is.