The Lovecraftian influence in this series goes deeper once again, featuring mythical monsters hinted at in previous installments. The larger world of sorcery also opens up, and along with Whyborne, we find out there is more to learn than just spells in an old book.
Family is the true theme of this story, however, as conflicts that started in previous books come to a head. We learn of more intriguing figures in Whyborne’s family, along with some intense family history to go along with it. Hawk does an amazing job of making the monstrous seem human, and vice versa.
There’s not much detail I can go into without spoiling many of the surprises that made this an intense and enjoyable read. It’s not often that I make a prediction, think it’s absolutely outrageous, and then the author not only proves me right but does so without exceeding too much credulity. Suffice to say, if you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series, this is definitely not one to miss.
Hawk has “leveled up” with this story, and I can’t wait to see where our heroes’ adventures take them next.