When we left Rory at the end of The Name of the Star, she and the Shades had just defeated the Ripper copycat, and she’d become a human terminus. Now she has to deal with almost being the Ripper’s final victim, among other things. But first things first, she’s got to get back to Wexford and some semblance of a normal life: one that doesn’t involve simply sitting around her parents’ house in Bristol.
Because much of the novel is Rory dealing with almost dying and boys and school, there isn’t as much action as The Name of the Star. Characters are added who made me uneasy, and a desire for resolution of that uneasyness kept me with the story. About two thirds of the way through the action picks up, and we have a real and present danger that Rory has to deal with.
I enjoyed this read, and am already eagerly awaiting the next book.