I really like the author's alternate southern California (though I'm glad that I don't have to live there).
This is the second book in a trilogy. Daniel Blackland has rescued the golem of the SoCal Hierarch (after he kills him), a creature named Sam, and protects him from those left behind who would "harvest" the golem for his osteomantic value.
Three people who were in the tier below the hierarch form a shaky treaty to work together to raise a Pacific firedrake, the most fearsome of creatures: Otis Roth, Gabriel Argent, and Sister Tooth. They want the Hierarch's golem to power the animation of the Pacific firedrake. Daniel is on the run east and north of the alternate L.A., trying to protect Sam.
The author uses enough familiar landmarks, transported and transformed appropriately for his world, that movement is pleasant and recognizable.
Meanwhile, Daniel discovers that the driving force behind bringing back a Pacific firedrake isn't Otis and his triumvirate but someone from his past.
Highly recommended. I'm looking forward to moving onto the third and final book in the trilogy. It's sad to thing that the next book is the *final* book in the series.