When the Wild Hunt takes a case on Whidbey Island, the entire team heads out to the island in order to investigate. It quickly becomes clear to Ember and the rest of the team that it’s not just one cold case that their investigated but many. But local law enforcement is making things difficult and all signs point their murderer being an extremely ancient and dangerous being, and it will take skill, cunning, and luck for them to survive let along bring the killer to justice.
This was a solid outing. I liked seeing how Ember and Angel were fitting into the Wild Hunt. They’ve been working there for a couple of months at the start of the book. The book also builds on some of plot threads from the previous book like the situation with Angel’s brother, Angel and Ember’s hunt for a new home, and Ember’s ex. I also really appreciate the way that Ember and Herne’s relationship is building. I can’t quite call it a slow build, but I like that they’re taking their time with it. However, once the case really starts, that’s the main focus of the book. It’s a good mystery, and it definitely adds to the worldbuilding.
Probably my biggest frustration is the fact that the author is clearly building to something with Ember and her fae background, but it’s moving really slowly. While the books are quick reads so far, not a lot happens. There’s not much in the way of subplots, and once the main storyline gets going it takes over everything else for the most part. There are drips and drabs of information about some of the larger story arcs like Ember’s powers, but it’s barely a trickle. Still, it’s the most engaging urban fantasy with a woman main character I’ve come across in a while, and I’m interested in seeing where it goes. Three out of five stars.
CBR15 Bingo: In the Wild – A lot of the action takes place in a heavily forested state park.