Like Touch of Power, this book clearly exhibited the superb writing I’ve come to expect from Maria V. Snyder. Even better, she completely fixed the pacing issue I had with the first one. Instead of dragging at the beginning, this book started off fast. The author kept the tension and excitement high with the introduction of a second viewpoint. Strategic chapter breaks kept me constantly wondering what would happen next. The world building of the last book was expanded on in new and clever ways, always staying internally consistent. I was more engaged in this book than the previous one and loved every minute of it.
The first bit of this book seemed slow to me, but we quickly switched back to a multi-perspective format which preserved the exciting pace of the second book. The world-building only got better as Avry solved more mysteries about the plague. The action was constant. The relationships between the characters, both the romances and many great friendships, really came into their own in this book. While many series today seem to be trilogies because it’s trendy, Marie V. Snyder took advantage of that format in her creation of believable and emotionally engaging characters. The romance was very convincing, the friendly banter was a ton of fun, and the demonstrations of the trust these characters built throughout the series was inspiring. This series only got better as it went and after finishing the last page, I’d wholeheartedly recommend the whole thing.