John Taylor makes his living finding things. The one thing that eludes him is the identity of his mother. Born in the Nightside, the dark heart of London where it is always blackest night, it's taken him years of investigation to discover his mother's true name.

She is the immortal, amoral and powerful Lilith, the first woman created. Lilith created the Nightside as a neutral ground in the constant war between heaven and hell, and unless Taylor finds a way to stop her, she now intends to destroy it. He must travel back in time to confront and stop her—but if he's successful he might not return to see it.

The fifth in the Nightside series has more fantasy and less mystery than usual, with the focus on Taylor's journeys through various times to locate and stop his mother's madness. It's a stand-alone adventure that offers a great entrée into the series for new readers and will delight fans with insight into Taylor's history and that of the Nightside as well. (Sep., 272 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jen Talley Exum