“Not up to Harrison's standards.
The romance is boring as Grace and Khalil have zero chemistry. Moreover, neither character manages to evoke any sympathy - Grace is an annoying, woe is me type heroine while Khalil is far to alien and other worldly.Their sex scenes are just plain weird and it is completely incomprehensible that an all powerful Djinn, who has no understanding of human emotion, would be attracted to such a nondescript woman. Yes, she has powers as the Oracle but these are underdeveloped and even incoherent at times.
In terms of the writing, it is difficult to believe that this is the same author who wrote Dragon Bound. Scenes are repeated unnecessarily from Khalil and Grace's different perspectives, which only adds to their tedious and long winded ruminations. There is absolutely no plot or conflict until the last 15% of the book when things finally get interesting but it is too little, too late.
The kids are cute and the information on the Djinn and the witches is interesting (if insufficient) but this in not enough to compensate for the book's shortcomings. The next installment thankfully returns to Dragos and Pia's story but if it is anything like this then my sojourn with the Elder Races will come to an end. ”