At one point in this book, the Mutore brothers discover that what Cruen told them about never having mates is not true, and that he has lied to them about other aspects of their biological make-up and their true genetic history. They also learn a shocking new fact about Cruen's own genetics. This book, like the previous ones, ends in a cliff-hanger as Cruen pulls a major power play that sends Erion off on a quest that will be detailed in the next novel, Eternal Demon. Click HERE to read an excerpt.
Just a few nit-picks: First, the copy proofing must have been skipped over completely because there are several homonym errors (e.g., bare for bear). Second, there is a major continuity problem in one scene in which Gray and Dillon meet up with Uma to plan a break-in into the Paleo that very night. Then we see Gray traveling on a subway for a secretive meeting with Cellie. Then he travels back to the Impure headquarters for a sparring session with Dillon. Finally, the original trio does their break-in thing. All of these events supposedly occur over a period of a few hours. It's an awkward sequence with too many activities over too large an area to to fit into the proposed time frame.
There are a few problems with the romance as well. First, there's the angst, which reaches levels of repetitiveness that are beyond belief. Even though we (the readers) know that Gray and Dillon are true mates, they—unbelievably—don't seem to recognize the situation they are in. When Uma finally points out to Gray that he has Dillon's mating mark on his hand, both he and Dillon are shocked..SHOCKED! How could Gray have missed seeing that jaguar-shaped mark all this time. At this point, the author gives Gray an anguished internal monologue in which he thinks: "How hadn't he seen this lurking beneath all that ravaged skin? Maybe because the mark was the same color as his skin. Maybe because he so rarely looked at his scars—his deformity..." (p. 192) But he also muses, "There was no mistaking it...the outline of the jaguar was clearly stamped into the web of burn scars, even down to the rosette pattern on its fur." (p. 192) Why didn't the author just place the mark on Gray's back? Then, I might have believed that he never saw it, but not when the mark is in plain sight on his hand. All in all, I have to say that this isn't the strongest novel in the series. It feels more transitional than the others—a place to fill in some new information about the heroes and a chance to allow the villain to make a major move against the good guys.