Book three is nearly as good as the first two. The stakes -- in all ways -- seem to be rising dramatically and I'm wondering if the series is going to take us there or if it's one of those things that needs to be held off until the end of the series. I'm kind of hoping for the former -- a big arc for a few books, they relieve that tension, and then we move on to a new arc. We'll see. I just think their world is big enough for other grave threats, you know?
Kate Daniels continues to be a character I really enjoy, and I love most of her friends. However, this book didn't sit quite as well with me. There were perhaps a few too many things that didn't sit well with me -- ethics-wise. I get it, I really do, but I don't have to like it, right? Here's hoping book four doesn't go further down that path... (though there's a short story to read first!).
I find the mix of moods in these books really interesting. On the one hand, there's a lot of humor, there's a little fluff. On the other other hand, there's deep world building and all the seriousness of an apocalypse. And on a third hand (hey, it works for the series -- you never know what is going to pop up!) there's a bit of grim darkness. Luckily, not enough darkness to turn me off -- the really grim stuff tends to.