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Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
I said it since the day it first showed up and I WAS RIGHT!
Book 11 of the Nate Temple series follows the same increasingly compressed pace as some of the more recent Templeverse installments (the Phantom Queen Diaries in particular) and to start, that is really the only thing that in this instance does deal a particular hit to the book, not in lack of quality or cohesion, but rather that it feels like there was a bit of wasted opportunity to cram in just a few more sub-plots and return to Silvers' typical behavior of ramping up all possible stakes even further.
The environment the bulk of the story takes place in, Fae, feels woefully under-utilized in this regard as well, lacking any real engagement with the Faeries whatsoever and dropping the longstanding threat they represent to Nate for the plot at hand. Given some of the events of the story that would be understandable, but given how many other over-arching plot threads Silvers managed to fit in already, it felt like tugging that particular thread and establishing a bit more groundwork for future engagements with the Faeries might have been to the series' benefit.
The series throws a few more twists into the mix, though it could be something of a matter of my longevity with Silvers' writing that I could tell which twists would make a longstanding impact and which ones would be amended in a more timely manner. That is not to say there is no emotional gravitas to the events in question, far from it as the ending once again sets on a precipice of new territory that requires a whole rearrangement of powers that be and who and what is on what side for what reasons. It's another roller coaster in microcosm, and has fittingly high loops and low drops all along the way.
The action holds palatable tension, though a fair amount of the spotlight goes again to internal struggles and mental/emotional juggling acts throughout the story with more than a couple older themes being drawn up again to hash over, some resolved, some not. I don't find myself thinking the story needed more action per se, but again, rather there was potential for a bit more to be worked into the midst of things that just wasn't, in favor of pushing the plot points at hand.
Overall though the book managed to break new ground as much as hit a now almost nostalgic note of escalation mania that Silvers' writing is taking more and more as a central characteristic, even if its not always pushed to the forefront of a particular story each and every time, and as usual the next one is always eagerly anticipated.