I will start to say off I am a bit biased, for I have worked with the author before. I like her work.
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This is the 2nd book in the Crixi's vampire series, A lot happens as the story progresses to the End of the Begining. The ending changes the rules for the books to come, Crixi's world evolves as time progress and so do the characters.
The adventure ramps up as with the threats presented, the scales are in constant swing Lara overcomes new and old threats. The world building is as good as ever, I did enjoy this aspect of the book.
The adult 18+ material is presented, but light in comparison to other novels.
How do I rate the plot? Well, a bit admistrational for the most part. I myself struggled through the first two thrids of the book. When the third act hit, I felt a breeze of fresh air as new territory was being explored. The ending sets up the series for what's yet to come and can be stand alone and complete if you decided to leave the world.
How do I rate the author's writing style? The story is readable. Just the same issue, for the most part, the story is told from the single person view. Not my cup of tea.
How do I rate the author's technical writing skills? Better than mine so It's a A+ in my book. I can read the work just fine.
Out of Crixi's work I have read, this is the weakest in the series. But as with every series, you have ups and downs. The ending is on par for the overall story.
The next chapter begins in Balance (book 3), the rules are completely turned upside down as our characters go into a new environment.