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Wolinski intertwines her story with both the present and past experiences of Destiny, focusing mainly on the present, but giving glimpses into her past and her choice to run when the coast finally cleared. I liked the back and forth narrative, though it was a bit jarring the first time it happened because of the name change, but it was still obvious who the story was about.
There are many magiks within this novel, from vampires and werewolves to gnomes and druids, the list is extensive. Perhaps the most interesting but also jarring addition to this novel is that they all co-exist with humans–humans bending to magiks’ policies and customs, having special branches within their forces, such as the police, to deal with magiks, and to also honor their laws. The fact that the humans just seem to roll over whenever a magik showed itself made me a little queasy, but at the same time, it makes sense. If you can’t fight it, and you can’t beat it, the next best thing is to befriend it, right? Even if you disagree with their values and practices? Well, maybe not.
The one aspect of this novel I really struggle with, though, it was it was all a little too fast paced for me. I actually feel weird saying that because I usually love fast-paced books, but in this case, it just was too much too fast. So many characters are introduced to us right off the bat, and I never felt like I was able to wrap my head around it all. Each group has its own powers, customs, laws, and traditions, and once politics came on the scene, I found myself quite lost. The story itself made sense for the most part as it focused on Destiny, but whenever the politics came into play, I personally had a hard time following along. I think a little less information overload would have helped me follow the storyline a little better, but overall, it was a good read.
The only issue I have with this book is pacing. There's a lot of drama packed into a relatively short book, and sometimes I felt overloaded with too much information. The author reveals a lot of magical types, subtypes, and rules that govern each: who can marry who, eat who, enslave who, etc. I was extremely curious about the types of magic and the exact rules governing each, and the book definitely sparked my interest in knowing how this world worked--however with the novel being on the shorter side, I felt there may not have been enough plot to carry the explanation of so many different character types. That being said, I really did enjoy the various magical/paranormal types developed and would love to see them again in other stories.
The characters are relatable, lovable, and instantly hook you into their drama. I give it 4.5 stars because it drew me in so quickly and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what else could happen in the crazy/unfortunate/dark/dramatic life of Destiny Walker.
A great book for any werewolf and vampire fan who doesn't mind a book on the darker side.
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