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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996594051
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- Publication Date: December 10, 2017
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- Language: English
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The action flows, and terrifying, delightful, and touching moments bind the narrative together. I appreciated the awareness and focus on the difficulties that alternately shaped people have interacting with the world, and the efforts they make to adjust. As always the familiar's bond leads to shared mental spaces and thoughts that are deep and chaotic, fascinating and frustrating for cougar and mage alike.
We also see more mage politics and different factions at play, as well as more tasty tidbits about the rich history behind the structures that Thomas is fighting to change. Our ferocious feline gets himself into trouble quickly, and faces difficult choices, but will he make his big score, or watch his gains vanish before his eyes?
If you enjoyed the other books, this one is an easy sell or it could make an quick jump into the series. I recommend it.
Fortunately the book ends with a wide-open door for further stories. This is not a spoiler, because it’s so minor, but I can see Thomas developing a sideline of custom-made “service animal” carry harnesses for quadruped familiars. After all, even magi and familiars are learning how handy, and inexpensive, certain mundane items can be, and let the familiar do his share of the lifting.
I suspect that Thomas and Rudy have enough experience with free enterprise to expand whatever product line they develop to include optional-at-extra cost soft armor panels resistant to both mundane and magical weapons. “Supply creates its own demand”.
Freelance Familiars ends up in Vegas, protecting or maybe just visiting the refugees from Grantsville.
And boy do they get to know the magic users a Vegas and not always in a good way. A bounty on Thomas‘s head, O’Meara’s innards try to take a trip out, and Rudy’s history gets exposed.
And Thomas ends up getting something is needed but didn’t always want: permanence.
Starting at the top: Angie, aka 'Noise'. The werewolf was the apparent instigator of this story, a central cause to Thomas's becoming a 'Familiar'. In book 1, she is revealed to be a werewolf, and decides to continue her relationship to the protagonist. The struggle between the two, attempting to understand and grow, is part of what made that books work.
In book 2, it is revealed that Angie asked a major mage to get Thomas turned into a familiar, for multiple reasons. Those reasons helped drive the story, and apparently were reconciled by the end of the tale.
Now here in book 3, there's almost no mentioning of 'Noise', and as best as I can see, there is a single paragraph mentioning her. The summary explanation is: "what she'd done kept bugging me." That's it. No loss, no mourning, nothing about finding ways to make it work, nothing. One of the major driving points, and a pretty significant character is dropped off the map without a hitch.
My other problem is that this story kinda goes all over the place. While the original city is destroyed, which understandably moves the entire scene, this story basically sets up in a big basement ... and sits there. Nothing really moves, no one goes up to see the desert, and other than a murder mystery, not much happens. To qualify that last statement, the entire story becomes a murder mystery, and greater depth into mage behavior is given, but the entire thing felt dry.
Taking a look at it from another angle, this third installment was an Appendix, while the previous two books were Stories. Lots of useful entertainment, but not as inspiring as the earlier bit.
So, one star removed for the unnecessary removal of a pivotal character, and one star removed for over-extending everything left.
Rating: 3 out of 5.