291554Holy shite.  Talk about a 360 ending.

Here we return to Cale, Riven, Jak and Madagon, safe and relatively sound after narrowly escaping the flood waters at the end of Twilight Falling.  Even though Cale was unconscious at the time (maybe semi-conscious) he was able to use his new Shade abilities to transport them to the Plane of Shadow where they run into a Shadow Dragon, are almost devoured by wraiths in a dead city -killed off conveniently by a fellow Chosen of Mask- and Cale finally comes to terms with his new existence as a Shade, the abilities that come with it, as well as being the First of Five Chosen of Mask.

They return to Faerun where Cale is determined to take out the Slaadi and their master who are still looking to cause some form of magical mischief with the relic they stole from the Fane of Shadows (a tree like structure called the Weave Tap) in the last book.  An artifact supposed to draw and store magical energies from both the Weave and the Shadow Weave.

Now what mischief is planned we still don’t know yet.  All we know is the Sladdi’s master -a mage of no small skill and a suspected githyanki- is nurturing the artifact with the blood of devas and demons, fertilizing it to produce seeds to be planted in magic rich areas to feed the Weave Tap more power to store.  All for some unknown purpose.

Betrayed in the end by one he had come to trust, Cale fails in his endeavor this time, a failure which seems to cost the underground city of Skullport it’s very life.

Back to Mercy!  Frost Burned.  Second to last in the series.

13413589Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.