Jesse James Dawson has mostly recovered from the events of A Devil in the Details, although the stress has taken a toll on his friendships. What better way to patch things up than at the annual lads-only paintballing trip?
Well, you pretty much know that things aren’t going to go according to plan (otherwise it would be a very short and boring book). Events go south pretty much as soon as everyone arrives at the cabin, with the arrival of the Yeti (the demon that nearly killed Jesse four years previously, before the first book in the series) who now has an army of zombie helpers. And the Yeti, it seems, has been planning this particular confrontation for a while.
We also get to see more of Axel, the demon who seems to take a particular interest in Jesse (excellent, because Axel is, I think, my favourite character), and we learn more about him. Although Stewart has kindly given us information which doesn’t actually translate into knowledge… very tantalising. About the only thing we can deduce is that Axel is undoubtedly going to be very important to future events. (Good.)
Again, there isn’t much in the way of plot complexity, but this book has more action in it than the previous one. One of Stewart’s strengths, however, is the way she writes the interactions between Jesse and his friends. She’s got the ‘bunch of mates’ dynamic down to a T, and also what happens to that dynamic when one of the group (i.e. Jesse) is doing something that’s way beyond the comfort zone of the others.
After I finished, I went straight on to read the next one in the series. These books are a very good addition to the urban fantasy genre, and I hope Stewart carries on with them.