Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Excellent Eyes

Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey

* Provided by NetGalley for Review

5 out of 5 gnomes

I adore this series. The characters, city, family dynamics, and the crazy amount of tension really make this book/series shine.  

I like seeing the wide variety of relationships in this book. You have two very messed up families on both sides of this witchy feud and things just keep getting more interesting among these families.  Braden and Trey’s relationship is well done and a great same-sex take on the Romeo and Juliet dynamic.  It’s once again great that their relationship is not the focus of the book but just feels like a natural part of the characters.

For a bit Braden has to figure out how to be normal without all the magic that he’s used to. Of course this is not easy for him because he is used to being very powerful and if you read the previous book you’ll know that he’s powerless now in a big way.  For awhile there’s kind of a switched dynamic between him and Trey that was intriguing and lets you know that there just might be a lot of magic in their futures.

There are troubles aplenty in this book as everything with the bad guys ends up in a final conflict. There were a bunch of twists and turns and you’ll never be a hundred percent sure whether his plan will work or not.

It was awesome to see Jason actually acting more dad-like in this book. Catherine even breaks her icy exterior just a little bit too. After the events of this book I’m sure their working relationship will get even more intriguing.  

The only real disappointment is that this is the last book of the trilogy and there is so much more about this world and these characters that I want to know.  The future for them all looks like everything might just work out. Overall I highly recommend this series and I know I love Scott Tracey’s other series and can’t wait to see what he writes next.

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