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Although the second instalment in this series was more serious than the first, it was just as good. It had a slightly darker overall tone because Matt is growing up and feeling the weight of his destiny as a monster hunter. The fact that he is responsible for so many lives is causing him to experience a lot of inner turmoil, and he is questioning whether or not he can handle everything that has been thrown at him
. Despite the super natural growth spurt that took place in the first novel, Matt is still just a sixteen year old kid. He, gets scared, sad, and lonely, and he just wants to be able to spend a few hours making out with his girlfriend without any interruptions. But because his after school job involves less order taking and more demon slaying than the average teen age boy, he doesn’t have the luxury of just quitting or taking a break when he gets overwhelmed.
Matt is really the only character that develops in this book. His girlfriend, Ella was around a little more, but She still feels like a prop rather than a main or even secondary character. She is there to make Matt seem more human, but I don’t really care about her one way or another yet. Matt’s partner in crime, Will was absent a lot, and I missed their effortless friendship and banter. He does makes some appearances throughout the book so I didn’t suffer from Will withdrawals too much, but I definitely want more Matt and Will scenes in the next book. My favorite female character, Mammie, had a few cute scenes with Matt at the start of the book, but she really took a backseat this time around too. Matt does have to deal with some jealousy from his brother Brent. Brent isn’t dealing very well with the fact that his little brother was chosen to be a wielder and not him. And there were some very cute scenes with Uncle Mike and “Bad Ass Aunt Julie” (Matt’s words not mine), but this book was mostly about Matt and how he is dealing with being under so much pressure at such a young age.
Matt has some very serious choices to make, not the least of which is how much of himself and his life is he willing to sacrifice for the greater good. Most sixteen year olds have the luxury of being able to screw up every now and then, but not Matt. He makes life and death decisions everyday, and there are lives at stake. Lucky for everyone he is an extraordinary sixteen year old, and he takes his calling seriously. But he is still human so mistakes are inevitable, and he has to learn how to deal with his mistakes, move on, and continue to fight.
There was one character that I did get to know better besides Matt, and that was his knife spirit. I am not going to give anything away, but I will tell you that Matt’s knife spirit is a handful and Matt has to constantly battle with the spirit over who will have control of his body, actions, and even the way he spends his free time or should I say who he spends his free time with. A very cute and interesting bond develops between Matt and his Knife, and it is going to be fun reading about their adventures in the future.
This book managed to continued to wow me when it came to the action scenes. I was worried that the author couldn’t find that magic formula that she did the first time around, and give me the right mixture of heart pounding action and heart warming moments, but she didn’t disappoint. This book felt familiar and fresh at the same time. Matt was more confident in his skills when it came to hunting, but the same awkward, sweet young boy that I met in the first book would show up every now and then and make me smile. If you liked the first book in this series, then you will not be with the second. if you didn’t like the first book, then–What are you crazy?! Oh–wait, I mean this book isn’t for you at all. 😉
Because of violence and language, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.