Morgan continues with her rich worldbuilding in this third in the Talion series, complete with a strong and clever revenge plot entwined deeply with politics. But readers looking for a fulfilling romantic component won’t find it here. The romance is abrupt with little or no build-up, yet the characters are engaging.

Piper isn’t surprised when Grey Danby is less than welcoming when he finds her in his office. Right from the get go, the two spar. Sharing an office might have its perks, if he doesn’t dig too deep into her secrets. Greyhill Danby is sworn to protect the Grand Dame. He’s also charged with making sure she earned her title legitimately. Earning her trust and protecting her has never been more difficult. And when threatening messages start showing up on Piper’s computer, and bombs start blowing up, they are thrown in the middle of a deadly, vengeful plot. Suspicions, lust, loyalty and love create a heady mix of emotions as they unravel secrets and try to stop a killer. (POCKET STAR, Aug., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton