That was an entertaining "love you/hate you" romp. To be honest, I was not sure about attempting this, because trying to redeem magnificent bastards tends to make them decay, but had to after his show up on Magic Triumphs. I had fun, even if the format resembles a medieval romance with arranged marriage type of thing more than standard Urban fantasy fare (though to be fair, Andrews does usually veer more into the romantic as volumes pass).
Most interesting part for me was him analyzing why he failed in Magic Rises.
You can not tell me the amount of dogs left is not a 300 allegory.
Badass crown for that "Hi, honey" at the end.
There was a lot set up here and questions raised as befits a pilot to a new series, but they don't intrude that much if you want to read it as a stand alone.
This one could be read for a number of squares. There are vampires, strange creatures, witches, shifters, and there is also one huge hulking great alpha male called Hugh D'Ambray. Who rides a white horse with a penchant for prancing at inopportune moments.
I really enjoyed this book. It was great to see more of Hugh and find out what makes him tick, and now I'm waiting even more impatiently for Magic Triumphs to come available at my library.