Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

This is a fantastic fantasy book. Even though it is over 800 pages, it’s such an easy, engaging read that the pages flew by.

Bryce Quinlan is an unapologetic party girl. She works hard during the day as an assistant to a witch in her antiquities business, and parties hard all night with her best friend and roommate, the leader of a wolf pack. When her best friend and her pack are murdered, Bryce’s world stops. Bryce is alone, injured and aimless. At least the murderer is behind bars, right? Wrong. When similar murders start up again, Bryce is tasked by the Archangel in charge of the city to work with a Fallen Angel, Hunt Athalar, to find the killer.

Hunt is a notorious fallen angel enslaved to the Archangels he tried to overthrow. His current master uses him as a hit man, but when the murders start up again, he offers Hunt a deal. Solve the murders and his freedom will be within reach. Hunt and Bryce, each with their own motivation, start their quest to find the murderer. Their investigation puts them in mortal danger, and takes them from the reaches of nobility to the seedy underbelly of the city. Through it all, the duo become closer and closer, until they finally let their walls down and fall for each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story immediately grabbed my attention and did not let up until the end. The author did a fantastic job of worldbuilding. Rather than write a huge info dump at the beginning that the reader has to slog through and not fully understand, she slowly introduces the world and the multitude of entities and characters in it as Hunt and Bryce investigate the new crimes. It’s a brilliant way to introduce the world to the reader and was very effective. The romance between Bryce and Hunt was a bit slow to build, but it was a sweet storyline.

I can’t believe I have to wait until November 2021 to read the next book in this exciting series.