I liked it, but I spent a disproportionate amount of time saying "C'mon!"
I was really excited about PD (smart of Harrison to post the first 5 chapters on her website) but I couldn't help but feel disappointed the more I read.
As other people have said, Trent's quest and the trial should have been two different books. And the soul eating demon. Sigh. One thing I found really aggravating was the general lack of concern over said soul eating demon. In a world where the soul exists and there's apparently some afterlife isn't having your soul eaten the worst possible fate? A soul eating demon an unimaginably horrible scourge? Oh, and don't forget he ate out someone's throat which seemed to gross out the gang for about 5 secs before they forgot about it. It just seemed like Rachel and Co should have been more concerned about Ku'Sox and his pesky soul/flesh eating as opposed to passively waiting for him to show up wherever he pleased.
And it didn't make sense to me that Trent, a shrewd business man, would be dumb enough to release a DEMON THAT EATS SOULS. And calling the demon to deal with pixies? Isn't that like using a rocket launcher to kill ants? I've always been a Trent fan and was deeply annoyed by his idiotic but apparently plot-advancing behavior in this book. There needed to be an explanation for how Ku'Sox was part of his quest and him raising Ku'Sox to help Rachel out was just dumb.
Ivy's background scenery in this book. And as someone else already pointed out, her horrible torture at the hands of Ku'sox received only a throw-away line.
Rachel's only 5'4"! I could have sworn Harrison had always alluded to Rachel being more statuesque. And Trent's only a shade taller? Is our debonair elf only 5'5"? I mean, he is an elf and all, but...
How did Al get to reality to maim Trent? Doesn't he have to be summoned?
Very little Pierce!
Oh, and also no talk of witch wang! I really hate it when Harrison delves into the specifics of witch anatomy (like in BMS) because it's beyond silly and doesn't add anything to the story.
It's already been discussed to death in other forums, but enjoyed the kiss between Rachel and Trent...though I wonder how much of it was pandering to the fans. I'd like to know what Harrison's original ending was.