The Grimrose Path
Author: Rob Thurman
Title: The Grimrose Path
Series: The Trickster Novels 2
Pairing: M/F, M/M
Rating: Four Petals
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I looked at the metal coated with blood—so very much blood—the same color as the darkest crimson rose. I was undoing this. I was making this right. And I’d like to see the son of a bitch who thought he could stop me.
Bar owner Trixa Iktomi knows that inhuman creatures of light and darkness roam Las Vegas-especially since she’s a bit more than human herself. She’s just been approached with an unusual proposition. Something has slaughtered almost one thousand demons in six months. And the killing isn’t going to stop unless Trixa and her friends step into the fight.
The first book in this series, Trick of the Light, was amazing. The twists, the turns, the snark, and the action keep me turning the pages no matter how many times I've reread it. The Grimrose Path had a lot to live up to, and it didn't quite manage to be as good. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy reading The Grimrose Path, but comparing the two books side-by-side reveals an obvious lack in the sequel. There's still twists and turns, a good bit of humorous snark, and a ton of action--all of which I really liked--but, again, it just wasn't as good this time around.
If you remember my first review, I said I couldn't give away too much of the plot because any hint might ruin the big twist. That's true for The Grimrose Path as well. Trixa is on a different sort of quest in this book, one to survive the consequences from the previous book, and another to save the world from annihilation. There's a lot going on at every moment and trust me, you'll miss an important clue the first time you read, so be prepared to reread (and to enjoy every reread just as much as the first time).
If you haven't read the first book in this series, Trick of the Light, drop whatever else you're reading and go pick that one up. In comparison, The Grimrose Path can absolutely be added to your to-read list with the knowledge that you will eventually get to it. It's not nearly as good as Trick of the Light, but I still liked it and I therefore recommend it.
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