Read my reviews of previous books in the Murder Sprees & Mute Decrees series:
The previous narrator of this series is so vibrant that Cody takes a risk with this departure, especially since Edovard is vastly different from Romily in multiple ways. However, while the narrative voice definitely is different, Cody is so good at creating distinct characters that I had no problem embracing change for the next part of the ride for this clever and creative series.
Cody easily balances Edovard’s surface-level simplicity with an awareness of the depths and dimensionality shared by the concepts of both good and evil. Balance is the guiding premise behind this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed Edovard’s determination to share the importance of hugs and positive reinforcement no matter the character or their motivation. The “romance” aspect of this story is as unpredictable and nontraditional as the now-established relationship between Romily and Fox. While I did feel like Edovard kind of just rolled with Santanos declaring them mated, he does actively care for and choose Hassan and Gregory. Overall, I’m here for both the accidental polycule and the fun ripple effects Cody creates in her stories and then is forced to address in ever-more creative fashion.
I might have gotten tired Edovard’s point of view in a longer book. This one isn’t necessarily short, but it’s the perfect length for the story it tells and to establish the new normal for this ridiculous, extended found family. I can’t wait to see where things go from here.
Disclaimer: I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.