The novel had more scenes with Ceri, a character I immensely enjoy so that was a definite positive. Also, Rachel continues to see the world in a very black and white way, which is one of the character traits that annoys me about her just a bit, but by the end, she appears to be more willing to understand the shades of gray. One thing about this series I occasionally have to remind myself of is that Rachel is only 25, and while many other urban fantasy series seem to have about a year between novels, this is a much faster paced series, with only months passing - as a result, Rachel is still young and immature. This one is definitely the best one so far, and seems to be a real turning point in the series due to the changes and upheavals in Rachel's life by the end of the novel.
Werewolves are dying as the novel kicks off, leading Rachel to believe that someone is searching for this relic. She is also hired as security for Trent Kalamack's wedding, and Piscary and Al are making her life more difficult, even if Piscary is supposed to be in prison for the next five hundred years. Rachel's relationship with Ivy continues to be complicated, and her relationship with Kisten doesn't exactly make that any easier.