Top positive review
Awesome contemporary fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
Wow. OK, right off the bat. No romance. No sexy vampires. No hot domineering fae. This is quite a different, in some ways may more traditional, take on contemporary fantasy. I loved this book well enough that I purchased it after reading it on KU -- you have to feed authors when you are impressed.
This story (set closely after the prequel/setup _Twilight Run_) takes place in near-future Portland. After millennia of the mundane world (called the Crossroads) being cut off from the worlds of Death and Faerie (and there may be more worlds to come) the ways are re-opening. This brings wonder and it brings horror and it brings predators.
The main character, Abby, is a paramedic with a horrible background that drives her to protect life, period, at any personal cost. She finds out in this story that there are profound consequences to making glib promises to a dying patient, if that patient is Fae. A simple promise binds her to a changeling who is being hunted and forces her to fight and to flee and to accept complete personal transformations.
As other reviewers have noted, there is a goodly amount of violence in this book. OK, more than a goodly amount. Not at all out of character for the denizens of Faerie (redcaps are not at all pleasant to run into). And a goodly amount also of wonder and magic and beauty.
An ongoing side plot in the book is the continuing attempt of the authorities and the people of Portland to understand and adapt to the accelerating changes, such as zombies coming back to something like life. Abby simultaneously is frantically coming to terms with the changes before her new responsibilities kill her. And in books to come, Portland is going to have to come to terms with Abby.
I really am looking forward to the continuation of this series.