“Action-packed, but excellent conclusion?
“Great story in itself. It was fun to read, but I discovered that I'm not a fan of half-man, half-machine heroes. Still, it's a great book in the series, brings the last two books together and has a fun and lovely romance story in it.”Jasmin wrote this review Wednesday, September 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fight to the end, seriously interactive!”Dark-Huntress wrote this review Saturday, July 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Action-packed, but excellent conclusion?
Terrific, excellent, worthy once again of the Crimson City series! I think Liz Maverick knows how to create an alternate reality really well. But she left me stumped, which I will get to in a minute.
If you read the first book in the series, you’ll understand why this seemed like a complete turnaround for Cyd Brighton. In the first novel, we’re told of what she did before joining B-Ops, things she’d seen and wanted to forget. It had to horrible enough for her to live the way she lived, including the drugs. Her disappearance was a great mystery, and I was left feeling slightly unfulfilled with not having an explanation.
In this novel, we get the explanation, and it’s enough to get the shivers. Incredible as it was, she escapes Orcus and the demon who pulled her in. But she refuses to go back to B-Ops and becomes a rogue. She wants nothing to do with her old life, finding that, while gone ‘missing’ for three months, a lot has changed. Determined to persevere, she goes to the only place where she believes she can make a fresh start: Bosco’s; a seedy bar where it seems the rogues like to hang.
And that’s where Finn is. He is the mech in the first book, the one who murdered Fleur’s brothers, under orders. He went Rogue from there, learning to live day to day in his surroundings, wanting and trying to rip the metal from his flesh. More human than machine, he wants to live and will do anything not to be brought back to his ‘non-existance’.
Cyd and Finn are attracted to each other almost right from the first. Finn pushes Cyd to report in to B-Ops, not wanting her killed. Claiming she has no clue where she’s been while missing, they ship her right back to where it all began, where she’d first been spotted by Griff-Vai, the demon who took her to Orcus with one thing on his mind: Cyd replacing the vishtau mate he’d lost.
But Cyd and Finn team up, and their inner battles rival the action-packed ones, which I really, really liked. But when it all becomes too much, with Griff constantly in her head, the threat of being brought back to Orcus, believing the medallion she’d taken when Xiao Fei and Patrick closed the portal between both worlds (Seduced by Crimson) was the link and returning to Patrick being hopeless, Cyd falls into despair and ends up back the way she was before her kidnapping. However, she is no longer exactly the same: now part human and part demon, she is scared beyond belief and while a man’s prophecy seems disjointed to her, she comes to believe it. Forming an alliance with the rogues, Cyd, with Finn’s help, fights back.
Lots of action, lessons learned, and love found. While they seem an odd pair, they fit together beautifully.
And this is where I come to the comment I made in the first paragraph: How can this be the end? No way! The epilogue raised more questions, the promise of another story. Oh, Ms. Maverick, please, pretty please tell me this isn’t the end? I so badly want Jill and Marius to be happy. Please!”
“I think this is the very last book in the Crimson City series. The heroine escaped from the demon dimension when the Druid & the Phoenix tried to close the rift. It’s still not quite closed, and the demon who stole her wants her back. She doesn’t want to go. The hero is an escaped “mech”—this story’s term for a cyborg—part human, part machine. He escaped from his software and has been living on the streets as a bodyguard-assassin (depending on who hires him), but he’s looking for a way to get rid of his machine parts and get himself totally off the grid and out of the system. Because the heroine was part of the research team that originally discovered the demon dimension, and the government wants her back, he sees her as his way it. This story is about accepting yourself and discovering the strengths you might not know you had—and it’s a darn good read, though there’s a lot of twists that aren’t so easy to follow, especially if you didn’t read the other 6 or 9 or however many books, but I enjoyed it anyway.”Gail Dayton wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No