I must say, I am impressed. Kelly Meding has written a book about a gay male superhero, that manages to treat the lead character like any other hero in any other book. It’s not about the fact that he is gay, yet she doesn’t shy away from it. He has a love interest and a romance that receives no more and no less attention than main characters have in previous books. It’s not a m/m romance. It’s just an urban fantasy with a romantic subplot. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but as I read it, I realized just what a rare find it is.
This is book three in the Meta-Wars series and it picks up a few months after Changeling. These books are complicated and nowhere is that more obvious than when Meding attempts to bring everyone up to speed in the early chapters. I did read the first two books and even I had to sit and think about it for a minute. I shudder to think about how confusing it would be for a new reader. With that in mind, I say, start with Trance if you haven’t read these books already.
Anyway, as public opinion continues to sour on the Metas, Ethan (Tempest) volunteers to take a trip to Manhattan to track down a band of rogue Banes. If there is any hope for some of the Metas living on the prison island to be freed, everyone needs to be accounted for. Among the group of rogues is his father, who killed his mother years ago. He can’t pass up the chance to see the man face-to-face for the first time. Joining him on the trip is Aaron, one of the Changelings we met in the last book.
A ton of stuff is going on here. From Ethan’s search for his dad, to getting to know the Metas on the island… from a brand-new threat to our superheroes to a romance for Ethan. It’s action-packed and hard to put down. Meding does a great job of getting us inside Ethan’s head… showing us so much of what he has been through. But she also made me feel like I knew Aaron for the first time. I never thought I would be able see him beyond his previous actions, yet as Ethan fell for him, I found myself seeing the Changeling in a new light.
If you’re wondering about the sex… it is off-page. But this has never been a series about sex. There is, however, a few kissing and build up scenes that were just enough to satisfy me.
The new villains give the storyline an interesting twist and I am interested to see how it all plays out in future books. I will definitely keep reading –and holding out hope that Meding finally “fixes” poor Noah and Dahlia. That whole thing still really bothers me.
*ARC Provided by Pocket Books
Tempestby Kelly MedingRelease Date: April 22, 2013Publisher: Pocket Books