Series Title: CITY OF THE LOST
NOVEL 3: Broken Souls
This incident sets up the plot, as Eric tries to figure out what the Russian is up to and who—or what—the “Alex voice” is. That second question becomes even more difficult to answer when Alex begins showing up in his solid physical form, claiming to have information that will help Eric. Eric's situation gets even more complicated when Sergei's sister, Katya, follows Eric into a train car and kills everyone inside in an attempt to get at Eric. The action moves back and forth across the city as Eric has several ambiguous meetings with Santa Muerte, enlists assistance from his old friend Tabitha Cheung, and seeks information from the Santa Ana wind spirits. He also teams up Gabriela, the young bruja from City of the Lost, who commands a crew of human and vampire thugs and who has also been attacked by the Sergei and his sister.
After all is said and done, Eric kicks back in his hotel room to watch the news, only to discover that the day's most traumatic events—an earthquake, an explosion, and a wind-related brushfire—can all be traced back to him. He muses, "It's a weird feeling, being responsible for so much of the news." (p. 252)
The book ends with the Santa Muerte issue unresolved and with Eric still alone, with only the obsidian knife to keep him company. Even Gabriela bails on him. When Eric tells her, "I'm doing just fine," this is her response: "Really? Bouncing from hotel to hotel, stealing cars, ex-girlfriend wants to kill you…Last I heard your best friend had his soul eaten and you had to shoot him in the head. Yeah, you're doing great on the friend front." (p. 162)