Soccer mom and demon fighter Barbara Everette is back in an intricately interwoven monster noir thriller, the sequel to bestselling Princess of Wands.
These books in John Ringo’s Special Circumstances series are a quite fun read. Sure they are a bit special and the references to God and faith are fairly abundant. But at the same time it’s not at all some Christian crusade. Faiths and Gods of all kinds are present in this fantasy tale.
The first part of the book is very good. I really like Barbara Everette. A staunch Christian believer that never strays from her faith, never swears etc. but at the same time do not hesitate to tell the unfortunate guy gloating a bit too much what she will do with his private parts if he does not get his act together. And she is definitely not the one to turn the other cheek when it comes to the real bad guys.
Then there is a part in the middle which I didn’t like too much. This is primarily because Barbara is not in it. This part of the story focuses around Jaena, a colleague of Barbara, and how she recovers from coma she entered into after a brush in with the bad guys. It’s a bit weird and it is definitely not my cup of tea.
As with the previous book this one is not a single story. It is two books in one volume. The second book is also a nice read although I think the “solution” at the end is a bit silly. I also really do not like the cliffhanger at the end. It has nothing to do with Barbara Everette’s fight against the dark forces and it’s just soap-opera style crap as far as I’m concerned.
Having said that, there’s another cliffhanger in the book in that it was quite clearly hinted that some really bad things where coming and that the events in this one was just a test. I really hope that John gives us the continuation of this story and that the silliness at the end of this book doesn’t play too much into the story of the next one.