As with the third book of almost any series, it’s hard to write about this one without getting into the plot. One thing that happened almost immediately in the transition between the first and second book, and now the second and third book is that the world has been allowed to move forward without us. This is something that takes patience as a writer, and as a reader. We’re given plenty of information to catch us back up, but we’re also treated with respect. So while this is a sequel, it’s not a direct, pick up where we left off, kind of sequel.
The blood of the immortals, which was so widely sought and fought over in book two as a healing agent, has made its way around the world as a kind of black market cure-all (it’s especially potent against blood diseases like HIV and sickle-cell anemia). We focus in on a college student who dealt some of the “glow” to people around school, obtaining it from a friend of a friend, and the world is closing in on him. We learn that he’s being sought by several parties, each with different goals, but willing to use similar means to achieve. There’s a terrifying realization at the heart of this novel, that occurs with a lot of demimonde literature, that there’s no going back. The novel is primarily a chase novel, while also moving the story forward in several key ways. It’s less revelatory than previous ones, except for a big glaring hole in my review that I won’t disclose as a spoiler, but it’s very worthwhile and satisfying continuation of the series.