You will need to read the first book within this series Chaos Born as this book really sets up the world that Turner has created as well as where Lora Blackgoat fits into it. It is a good read for those who want something a little different in the Urban Fantasy genre as it has a elements of fantasy and steampunkness to it.
Rebekah Turner is back with a whole new Lady Lora Blackgoat adventure, and this time Lora is being attacked on all fronts that she doesn't know who she can trust and rely on:
Lady Lora Blackgoat is a well-known mercenary and smuggler, though lately most of the jobs had dried up as the partners that she has worked with tend to die and well other people seem to as well. she didn't earn the new nickname White Death for nothing (previously known as Chopper). When a job has her watching one of the top mobster's daughter should be an easy gig (and the only one she seems to be able to get) but when there is an attempt on her life, Lora's world is about to spin out of control. She is being attacked on all angles by both friends and foe. To top everything off there is something sinister happening in The Weald, where people are going missing and a new deadly drug has appeared. When Lora’s sometime partner Crowhurst’s "friend" goes missing Lora is about to encounter the most violent gang in The Weald and their love of blood.
This was a great follow up to the first book and I personally liked this book better than the first. I think with the first one we are just getting to know Lora and understand the world she lives in, that at times the plot suffered a bit and there were quite a few slow parts. However, the world building in the first book was really well done, and needed to done in order to understand the novel at all. This allows for the second book to be plot and story driven with Lora's missions and assignments being front and center. This means that means this one was faster paced, interesting and made me want to read more and more. Although some of the ideas within the plot I have read in other book, Turner is really able to put her own spin on them especially as the events take place in The Weald, which makes them still very interesting, entertaining and great to read.
Lora is a great main character, while I think she may be a bit guy crazy (I appreciate that Turner does not have pages and pages of romance or sex scenes), I liked that in this book she is realizing that maybe some guys are not good for her, even those that she has known for a long time. Dare I say it, she may be growing up (Lora may disagree with me though). I love Lora's grit, determination, persistence and loyalty, all of which are tested within this novel. Lora also acts as her own comic relief in the book for some of the situations that she seems to get herself in as well as the jokes that she makes, which often occur at inappropriate times. We do not get to see any new additional powers that Lora may gain the more that she learns about herself, but Lora as a character in general really grows in this book.
I do not think that the secondary characters have been developed enough yet. As the book is told from Lora's point of view (which I totally support) there are certain aspects about all of the secondary characters that we lack information on. I think that Turner will eventually flesh these out the more books that she has in this series, as in this book we were able to learn more about Seth and Crowhurst so I think that this will be a trend from book to book.
This was a great follow-up novel and it seems the more I read by Turner the more I enjoy her world and characters. I'm a big fan of Lora and while this book does not really leave you with a cliff hanger there are so many unanswered questions about Lora that I will be sure to pick up the third book.