Ann Aguirre doesn’t straw away from the politics in this one. When Jax and her crew arrive at Ithiss-Tor, there is a lot of tension because the Bugs don’t want anything to do with them. In fact, such open hostility makes for a lot of the action we see in this book.
As if that wasn’t enough for Jax to worry about, she also must deal with the pressing issue of March. Since we saw him in the last book, March has turned into a liability – his constant trigger happy temper has landed him in a few fights that have been more gnarly than usual. And this standoffish behaviour has been pointed in Jax’s direction as well. Sometimes, she deals with it well. Othertimes, it simply hurts.
I love this dynamic between March and Jax because although there are sparks of how they once were in GRIMSPACE, we don’t see them as much as I would like. There is nothing that would make me happier if these two were back together, however seeing them this way only makes me believe that they do belong together.
Another character worthy of mention is Vel. There’s just something about him that you can’t help but love. He’s such a solid guy that is reliable and I love his sarcastic quips here and there. It sort of lightened up the tone and I can always appreciated that because a lot of this book is dark and heavy.
I’ve got KILLBOX up next but I wonder if other people feel as emotionally drained as I do whenever I read this series. It seems to take a lot out of me because of its emotional rollercoaster ride. There’s still three more books and I don’t know where Aguirre will take me. But that’s just the beauty of it all too.