I ended up spending the weekend reading the first three Demon Trapper novels in a row, which says something in and of itself. Although I'm not a huge fan of Young Adult novels, I found the story entertaining with a good amount of wit, humor, and interesting characters that ride the cusp of adult entertainment, and although there are definitely slow points throughout the story, this third book was the best of the three for me since it increased the danger quotient to Urban Fantasy standards and the stakes are at apocalyptic proportions. If you choose to read this series, you definitely need to start at the beginning, since it really reads like one giant book. The good news is that this third book, although left open for a sequel with some major issues to resolve, does wrap up a story arc started in the first book, solving a major mystery and stopping armageddon, allowing me to stop here if I choose to.
17 year old Riley Blackthorne is the daughter of the infamous demon trapper, Paul Blackthorne, and a demon trapper herself. Although she's very young, balancing friends, school, love, prejudice, bills and work, she's much more mature than most 17 year olds. After losing her father to a demon attack, Riley spends time investigating what her father was looking into and uncovers a conspiracy of lies and greed that threaten the very livelihood of not only fellow trappers, but just about everyone in the city. She and the other trappers are slow to solve this mystery because they're met with obstacles and attacks at every turn. The frustrated city is unhappy with the trapper's results and bring in Demon Hunters from Rome where they quickly discover that Riley somehow sits in the middle of the mystery. She's been branded by both Heaven and Hell and they watch her closely to see exactly what her role is in all these strange events.
The summary provided is very light since there are alot of events that take place, including lies, betrayals, loss, longing, and just about everything else. The core of this story is mystery. There's plenty of down time spent on investigating which tends to be rather slow, where you feel like you could really cut out some of these happenings, but the characters are rich and colorful, so you don't mind as much. The action is really where it's at and this third book has more than the first two together. What loses a star in my estimation is actually the love story, which comes back to my dislike of young adult teenage angst. If we could get a more adult relationship going, I think I'd like it much more, but with a 17 and a 22 year old playing the protagonists, it's not likely to happen anytime soon. Regardless, it is an entertaining series and the author does not struggle with minimum word requirements like some books. She's thorough and has created a fascinating world with necromancers, witches, angels and demons, along with characters you can easily fall for.