Things are heating up for Wren in the latest book in Gilman's charming Retrievers series. Her fellow lonejacks are disappearing, the fatae are being attacked by vigilantes and her relationship with the sexy Sergei has become increasingly complicated since they started sleeping together. Not to mention Sergei's involvement with his secretive former employers, the Silence.

Wren, of course, handles all obstacles with ingenuity and aplomb as she navigates the at-times treacherous city she loves so much. The war that's been brewing between the council and the independent lonejacks continues to simmer, and the attacks against the fatae have become even more brutal.

There's a lot going on in this book -- so much so that individual plot threads get tangled occasionally, though everything comes together at the end. Wren and Sergei's relationship is as exciting and volatile as ever, and its evolution into something more meaningful is a highlight. Wren's an engaging heroine, and it's a joy to spend more time in her world. (Jul, 384 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs