The Hellfire Legacy

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Title: The Hellfire Legacy (The Night Wars 3 )
Author: Missouri Dalton
Cover Artist: BSClay
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 46,600 words
Rating: 3 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: This third visit with the Night Watch was the least successful for me with much frantic running around and too many new characters I didn’t connect with.

Blurb: Everything has fallen apart. With the Night Shift HQ destroyed and supernatural murders spreading across Chicago, the Night Shift team circles the wagons. Reeling from their losses, Fynn has to draw on every friend –supernatural and not– he has left to track down the monster responsible, a chase that will take his team far from home and the comfort of the world he thought he knew.

With his partner Jack and their daughter, Fynn faces questions about his family, an old feud and the Night Shift’s origins will bring Fynn closer to the truth, but he’s not sure he going to make it out of this one. He’s not even sure he wants to.

Review:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Feliz reviewed Hanged Man’s Ghost here. It had a great – damaged but heroic bad boy – first person lead in Fynn Adder and a very satisfying if fade to black best friend romance with supernatural shenanigans and a circus! It was also nicely rooted in the every day world of the Chicago police department. His partner Jack was a fascinating and surprising character too. The second, Night Shift was a good read even if it did end on a very dramatic cliffhanger. I was looking forward to meeting them all again. Unfortunately this one was rather a let down for me.

My personal preference is for getting the guys together, so once that is done and dusted the other stuff has to be tight to hold my interest. After a tragic and desperate beginning this story deteriorated into a frantic travelogue through various airports and into the UK and Ireland with a rather odd detour into fairyland. It was all very run rabbit run, with an albeit occasionally amusing snide voice over by Fynn.

There were a lot of new characters being introduced, and I found it hard to be bothered about most of them. I liked Remy, a fox were and his family circumstances were interesting, but I am not sure why he was in the book at all. Night Watch operatives from other cities pulled into Chicago because of the tragedy mingled with a mixture of the fey, Adder family ghosts, elfkin, Jack’s Grandmother and a leprechaun.

The plot twist with the annoying opportunistic leprechaun could be seen from space, which was irritating. The tone of the book did feel slightly off to me. As I mentioned it started in a dark and bloody place, but Finn’s coping mechanism of wry humour and mocking comments did not feel quite right to me. Everything that happened, and there are a lot of dark threats, but somehow it all floated about somewhat superficially with a rather recycled villain included. I never worried about any of the characters. I think this was because the paranormal elements of the world building had definitely taken over the show, normal life had left the building and I needed that balance. Moreover the blatant hook for the next book left me feeling manipulated.

So this time around I was just not into the Night Watch and their manic adventures, it might be that my mood was not right for this type of fast paced supernatural action. There are higher ratings for it on other reviews. However I can recommend the first book in the series whole heartedly.

5 comments

  • That sounds disappointing – I was waiting for this book to read the second one because of the cliffhanger – looks like waiting will continue :(. Thanks for the review.

  • That’s too bad, Raine. I thought one of the few weaknesses of book one was the fact that the plotline got lost in subplots and sidelines time and again; from your review I’m afraid it’s the same here. I love this author’s writing so I will read this book nevertheless (already bought it 😉 ) but it just moved a few rungs down on the TBR ladder.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Feliz,
      It was through your review that I started reading this series, so many thanks. I am finding I have problems with series in general at the moment and have given up on a few long followed ones, so my lack of conviction by this might be personal. It was nice to hear Fynn’s distinctive voice again. I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it. 😀

  • “There were a lot of new characters being introduced”
    In some cases, they are just from other books of the Night Wars Universe.

    I´m still hooked at the series and following at the moment (in the author site) the Station House Six story 😀

    Thank you for your review 😎

    • Hi Helena,
      Glad you are enjoying the books. Thanks for letting me know about the characters. I felt quite detached from this one but I also have just had to put down another paranormal which was not doing it for me either. Perhaps I need a break from the beasties. 🙁

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