Ex is a big force in this story. Aubrey and Kim have been phased out. Chogyi Jake is still recovering and is absent through the first half of the book. Only Ex has been at Jayné’s side as she comes to terms with the source of her strength. And he is the one who introduces her to the priests who set out to perform an exorcism. The priests are a big part of Ex’s history and in spending time with them, Jayné learns alot about what has shaped Ex into the man he is today.
I’ve been waiting and waiting for Jayné and Ex to make the connection I’ve always thought was simmering beneath the surface. The guy is clearly in love with her, but just because his heart is in the right place, that doesn’t mean he has all the right answers. This book is markedly different from the last in that the lion’s share of it is an internal struggle, as opposed to an external one. Jayné has to figure out her true nature; who she can trust; and what she wants for her future. Not every question gets an answer and that’s frustrating. So many things happened in the last book. This one is more about her realizations. Ex and Chogyi Jake have important roles and even the old vampire Midian shows up, but mostly it’s just about Jayné –and the Black Sun’s Daughter.
It was slower, but good. It was important for the series. But I wish I had the next book in my hands to read. I want to see what Jayné will do with what she’s learned. And I want her to get with Ex, dammit. (My patience is not without limits.) 4 stars.
*ARC Provided by Pocket Books
Killing Ritesby MLN Hanover (Daniel Abraham)Release Date: November 29, 2011Publisher: Pocket Books