Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck sidhe lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the sidhe lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads. When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai. Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.
This is the third book in the Kai Gracen series by Rhys Ford and my favorite so far. The books should be read in order for a better understanding of the story and the character’s development…If you’re a fan of urban fantasies then this series is definitely for you. But you must know from the start that here it’s all about action – a lot of it actually, and not so much about romance. Until now, and it’s already the third book, we don’t get much romance between the main characters: Stalker Kai Gracen and the Sidhe Lord Ryder.
For me, romance is definitely a plus in a book and here I just needed more. Some intimacy between Kai and Ryder would have made this more enjoyable. But I kept expecting something to happen between them. Anything. Yes, Ryder made clear from the first book that he wants Kai, but Kai kept pushing him away, pretending he wasn’t attracted to him. With each book I expected Kai to give into temptation, especially because Ryder was always insisting on joining him in all the missions. So there were plenty of opportunities for them to connect.
The beginning of this book is focused more on Kai. We also get a lot of details about the characters’ backgrounds. I have read the first two books recently and didn’t really need all the reminders, but I get it that it might help other readers who don’t remember much from the previous books. I admit I didn’t think I’ll stick to this series, but the curiosity won.
A new character falls out of the blue, Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin. He wants to take Ryder’s San Diego Southern Rise Court but also Kai.
This book is full of action, just like the other books in the series. Seems like Kai is always fighting a lot of monsters and has so little time for recovery and peace. Thank God he heals faster than a human. He’s always so close of dying.
What I loved here the most would be all the emotional scenes with Dempsey – the Stalker human who raised Kai – and also the sweetest ending, even if that felt a little bit like a cliffhanger. I almost screamed AT LAST!!! Kai and Ryder share an earthshaking kiss and it left me wanting MORE!
I have no idea how many books the author planned for this series. But I really hope we’re going to get some hot scenes…And soon!