Other story threads involve various romantic liaisons between several pairs of characters: Tzader and Brina; Quinn and Kizira; and Flaevynn and Cathbad. A new character is unexpectedly introduced in this book: Lanna, Quinn's cousin, a teen-age witch on the run from an evil wizard in Romania. Lanna manages to get herself quickly into the thick of things in Atlanta and also takes the first steps in a flirtation with the twin witches, Kell and Kardos (street kids who are Evalle's friends).
In Evalle's romantic life, it turns out that Storm has been in a coma most of the time he was missing, nursed back to health by Evalle's nemesis, Adrianna, the witch. Evalle has some trouble fighting off jealous thoughts, but then the shoe is on the other foot when Storm catches her kissing Isak Nyght. All of the couples mentioned in the previous paragraph are also having mountainous relationship problems. So...complications abound in both the action plot and all of the romantic side plots.
As the main action plot plays out, the story switches back and forth between the good guys and the bad guys as they plan their strategies and carry them out. This is a complex plot, with all sorts of betrayals and half-truths surfacing among the characters on both sides. The most important of these involves Quinn, whom Evalle suspects of traitorous activities. She's right to be suspicious, but Quinn has reasons for his actions. Unfortunately, the authors pull out the old, reliable trope of having Quinn keep his secret from Evalle for her own good. That never works out, and in this case it seems to be an awkward authorial plot manipulation, one of several in this book.
This isn't as strong a book as the first two. It is actually a transitional, or bridge, novel, with no real resolution of any of the main conflicts. The story switches back and forth so frequently that the continuity gets rather bumpy. The appearance of the bratty young Lanna comes out of nowhere and seems somewhat manipulative on the authors' part, as though Lanna is thrown in just to advance a plot point or two. I'm sure that the evil wizard who is chasing her will also show up at some opportune time in a future book. Another bothersome detail is the authors' use of Irish brogue in all parts of the sections involving Cathbad, the evil Druid. Even the third-person narration in those parts is heavy with brogue. I understand why Cathbad's words and thoughts are in dialect, but why does every single word of the narration follow suit?. All in all, I'd rate this move as just fair—not top notch, but not really awful. If you are following the series, you'll need to read it in order to keep up with events. If you haven't read any of the earlier books, don't start with this one because it's definitely not a stand-alone.
The sassy, independent heroine is E. Valerie Kincaid (aka Evalle, Eve), who is not a Belador, but an Alterant, a half-breed species with an ancestry that is part Belador and part unknown. The green-eyed Alterants are considered to be little more than animals by the other supernaturals because they have so little control over their shift to their bestial form. So far, Evalle has never had an uncontrolled shift. She has magical abilities that include see-in-the-dark eyesight and various energy weapons (e.g., fireballs). On the con side, Evalle is light sensitive to the point that she must wear opaque sunglasses even at night and cannot be in the sun for even a moment without combusting. Evalle has had a horrible childhood (locked in a basement by her aunt for 18 years) and a rough adulthood (being constantly sneered at for her half-breed ancestry). Although Evalle is a VIPER enforcer, many do not trust her because under stressful conditions, there is always the possibility that she might shift into an uncontrollable beast (double rows of sharp fangs, long claws—you know the drill).
Here is a list of the bad guys and the characters who may go either way:
BOOK 1: Blood Trinity
In the series opener, a demon is raising havoc in Atlanta, killing humans in a manner that suggests the murders were done by an Alterant. Someone is trying to frame Evalle, and she must solve the case before her treacherous and malignant supervisor, Sen, sends her off to life-long imprisonment in a cage. Nothing like a little motivation to keep you on your toes! Evalle's investigation soon leads her into an even more serious problem: The magical Ngak Stone must be recovered before the bad guys can get it and destroy the world as we know it. As in other Kenyon books, the cast of characters includes a huge cast of supernaturals, from warlocks, to ghosts (called nightwalkers), to ancient gods and goddesses.