(This review may contain spoilers).
It’s been a little while since I read the first book in this trilogy, but I found the storyline easy to pick up once more.
Although there was a lot of action in this book, it didn’t seem as widespread as book one. I thought it was good that the story was a bit more self-contained… and it made a lot of sense that Porter wasn’t trusted, even though I felt a lot of sympathy for him.
While it did make a lot of sense that Porter was considered a threat, I really didn’t like Sarah’s parents. I did find Misoko an interesting character, though I was a bit disappointed to get very little foreshadowing about her relationship with Sarah. I would have liked to see a bit more in the way of flashbacks… and also more details about why Sarah’s parents didn’t seem to trust Misoko near their daughter.
I really liked seeing Tick in this book and I thought it was a bit sad to see how he was having to get used to the bad things happening. At the same time, I liked seeing that he was still loyal to Porter… and even though Sarah could have explained things in a better way, I did understand the position she was in and it was good to see her staying loyal to Porter.
I did like the romance between Sarah and Porter, especially since there were hints of that romance in the first book, but I did feel that the reveal was a little bit over the top. Still, I thought there were some very sweet moments between them… even though I did develop a strong dislike for Joseph during the course of this book.
It was interesting to discover more about the organisation of the Slayers, though I would have found them more interesting if there had been more detail about the main leader’s motivations. There was a lot of tension in this book and I was drawn back into the world really quickly and easily.
I didn’t really want to, but part of me did feel a bit of sympathy for Other Porter and it was good to get to know more of Porter’s past. I’m looking forward to seeing how things will be tied up in book three.