The first installment of the next SPECTR epic brings us something completely different — and all the best parts of exactly the same. John is now the character who must wait patiently while Caleb and Gray get to do what they do best (eat demons). They’re in a new setting, which is why everyone is a bit surprised when John’s birth family comes into the picture.

In this series, Hawk has set up the “paranormally abled” as an allegory for other instances in which families might turn on each other. But here, he also sets up intriguing clues that things might not be so “simple” in John’s case. It might be easy to miss these hints amidst the bigger drama of demons eating people, but they’re definitely there, and I’m definitely intrigued.

Like the other individual installments of this series, this novella includes a complete story arc while also sowing the seeds of further mystery. Even better, there might be yet another drakul in the picture. Considering how poorly things went the last two times, no one is very excited about that. However, I am totally excited to see what happens next.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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