Armstrong writes from multiple viewpoints in this book, which I highly respect (especially after trying my hand at basic nonfiction writing). In my humble opinion, she does it well and it doesn't distract, especially the way she incorporates some of it into the characters in a natural way (that's intentionally vague so there are no spoilers). I've read a few of Armstrong's books, mainly from the Women of the Otherworld series, and I find Hope and Karl very interesting and like them as characters. I was pleasantly surprised that one of her characters was a "normal" (no special powers) human and very sympathetic.
Anderson's female characters are usually likeable to me, but some are more so than others, so it was a bonus to find this one.
It seemed to me that this one had more surprises than the others I've read, which I enjoy. Her timing with the plot twists was good; it's like well-written comedy, where a character mentions something or does something and then just when you've forgotten about it, it comes up again and creates the humor. (However, as most of her readers know, it is more action and drama (that is, drama in its literary sense) than comedy.)
It seemed this one was good in a number of ways. My husband doesn't enjoy the supernatural action genre like I do and I was still able to tell some of the story as if the characters were "regular" people. This to me is what good fiction does, transcends whatever subgenre it is in to appeal to almost anyone (as long as you are open-minded, smile).
Not Armstrong's best offering . Readable but slow and a little dull.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is exciting and it kept me reading all through the end. I will recommend it to anyone.
The story is centered in the nechromancer lady with the red hair, if you are familiar with the books you know who I am talking about. There is another nechromancer involved, a detective and a human who was set up in 2 murders and Hope is a central Character. You look at the world through her eyes. Refreshing!