Four years ago, Caulborn agent Vincent Corinthos stopped a hellish ritual intended to transform Ulysses Pendleton into a creature of utter darkness. With Pendleton safely imprisoned in Ashgate Penitentiary, Vincent and the rest of the Caulborn figured the world was a little bit safer. Until now. A catastrophic failure with the prison's security systems sends Vincent and the rest of the Caulborn into Ashgate to try and prevent the inmates from escaping. They secure all but one. Pendleton. Now, Vincent's in a race against the clock to find Pendleton before he can finish the job he started four years ago, and smother Boston in shadows.
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I didn't even hesitate when I was offered to review this book. The series has been a lot of fun to listen to. It combines a lot of my interests. Most of all is mythology, Mr. Olivo takes deities from several different mythos, mainly Greek, and works them into the present day. Being that I am a gigantic nerd and I share a love for many of the same things that the author references and writes about throughout, I knew I would be listening to this latest installment. This review may contain minor spoilers to the previous two novels.
Much like the previous installment, this novel take place very shortly after the last one; Megan is in the hospital and Herb is in a coma. On his way to help the necromancer with some of his newfound abilities, thanks to the kobolds that started worshiping him, Vinny is attacked by a teleporting paranormal. After the tough fight the Caulborn are alerted to an escape attempt at Ashgate penitentiary. They succeed in stopping all escapees save one, Ulysses Pendleton. A maniacal man who brings the mind of The Joker to the powerful and terrifying powers of Nightwielder from Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series. Now Vincent, Gearstripper, and the other Caulborn must find a way to stop Pendleton before he can carryout his benevolent plan.
This was a big step up from book two when it comes to plot and writing skill. All of the characters are given there own time to develop, which is a huge deal for me as a good character may very well save a story and will make a story. I was a little disappointed in the fact that there was almost no time for Megan, instead the author focuses on Kristen, a sort of mentor figure for Vincent. Another notable absence is one of my favorites characters in the series, Petra, who is barely even mentioned. I'm not concerned though, they'll be back in the next round I'm sure. Besides, Pendleton is crazy, powerful, intelligent, and a devil I delighted in hating.
Ian McEuen did another great job with this one; great production and narration. McEuen's voicing of Pendleton was fantastic, complete with a maniacal laugh and venom in his voice. As usual his other performances were as good as ever. He uses all unique and distinguishable voices, and has a great knack for adding nuances to each character.
This series has been fun and exciting since the start. This book was action packed from the beginning, and the development of the characters is amazing. There was another cliffhanger ending but I've grown used to them and know I will be getting the next installment anyway. Check out this series, it gets better with each book.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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