Engrossing, surprising and wonderfully original, this second installment of the Niteclif Evolutions is an admirable addition to a noteworthy series. Tompkins isn’t afraid to set her characters loose to make their own way in the detailed world of her series. The emphasis here is placed far more on the characters than the action, but as each relationship is given room to expand and adapt, there is promise for even greater things to come. Though it can be read alone, readers should begin with the series’ introduction in order to fully appreciate the complexities of this story.

Still recovering from her harrowing adventures with the Fae, and struggling to save her relationship with the man she loves, Maddy Niteclif is shaken to learn of a murderer on the prowl in London — and horrified to realize the victims all bear a startling resemblance to her. As her investigations yield only the flimsiest of clues, and a ruthless killer creeps ever closer, Maddy realizes that there might be nothing left to trust but her own destiny within the supernatural world. Will an ancient prophecy bring her new hope, or will she have to face her greatest fears alone? (SAMHAIN, Mar., 296 pp., $16.00)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown