Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another great book in Hearne’s new spinoff of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. This book has Al, Buck, Nadia, an Australian apprentice sigil agent and the Iron Druid tracking down the apprentice’s missing mentor and another sigil agent in the Australian Outback. Once they track the general location where the sigil agents went missing, they quickly run into some very strange monsters that are determined to eat and kill their way through everyone they face.

As the group pushes forward on their quest the big bads become, well, bigger and badder. There’s a magical killing field and a seemingly never ending supply of weird monster combinations they must conquer. Not to mention a mercurial god impersonating an Australian wilderness agent and what’s up with Gladys, Who Has Seen Some Shite, popping in and out along the trail making mysterious statements and then disappearing? What, exactly, is she? Besides Canadian.

This is another fun trip with Al and the gang. Buck is once again grouchy, funny, and occasionally helpful. Nadia doesn’t play as big a roll in this book, more the pity. I really like her. The Iron Druid plays a big part in the book, as do his two dogs. This was a fun adventure and I enjoyed the ride with the gang.

I can’t wait to see how this series ends, which will hopefully solve the mystery of who cursed Al. Twice. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, it’s not to late to start. The books are quick, easy, entertaining reads that you can read in a weekend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Rey. All opinions are my own.