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Shift into a different kind of series
on April 4, 2013
This one is a little different from the first two in the series. The actual retrieval mission is a very small part of the book, with is starting up midway in, picking up in another chapter or two, and ending before the 2/3 point.
The main plot here is the vigilante attacks on the fatae (magical creatures)--and, possibly, on Talents (magic using humans). This merges into Sergei's plot with The Silence (his old secret society of agents that clean up magical and non-magical messes) as well as the Mage Council ploy whereby the local head of the council is consolidating power by absorbing other cities' councils.
So this isn't really about Wren as a retriever. Her "don't see me" powers are used, but mostly in spying type situations and to avoid boring meetings. She organizes the fatae and the mages--lonejacks, independents, and council alike--to work together to make the city safe from vigilantes, Sergei works his contacts to discover the truth behind a major shake-up in The Silence, we learn that someone is torturing Talents and to learn how to brainwash them, and Sergei and Wren have their first major fight since starting a non-professional relationship.
If you liked the first two, as yourself how you'd like them if they were about organizing a small-scale war instead of sneaking into buildings and stealing things. We do get some great fight scenes, including one mass battle involving all manner of fatae, Talents and Mages on both sides, and normal humans with weapons ranging from baseball bats to machine guns. We also get lots of good boardroom politics on several fronts (within The Silence, within The Council, and within Wren's "Truce committee.")
For me, the most fun plotline is the growing relationship between P.B. and Wren. In this book the meaning of his attention to her becomes evident and she becomes somewhat aware of the situation and what it means to her. She may be headed down a road of power that will blow apart her no-see-me shield. P.B. and Sergei's growing friendship is also great. It threatens to put P.B. in the middle of a Wren/Sergei breakup, but we know where P.B. loyalties lie. He may have actually given up the ability to have any other loyalties.
So, it's a good book; be aware that it's very different from earlier books in the series, though. It's hard to say which direction the next book will jump.