In Book Four of the beloved urban fantasy series Romantic Times calls one “for your keeper shelf,” the ultimate mother-daughter fight is about to go down.
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, she must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As Cady and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
In a satisfying series climax (after Kindling the Moon), Arcadia "Cady" Bell pursues the old colleagues of her occultist mother, Enola Duval, in search of information about the Moonchild ritual performed at Cady's conception, which will let her greedy mother's soul take over her body. Bennett contrasts Cady and Enola's adversarial relationship with warm scenes among Cady, her almost-fianc Lon, and her teenage soon-to-be stepson, Jupe. Lon wipes Cady's memory to keep Enola from finding out that Cady is pregnant, but he mistakenly eliminates her memory of being in love with him at all, allowing her to fall in lust and love with him again in a delightful secondary arc that would not be out of place in a much lighter romantic fantasy. Bennett keeps proceedings exciting all the way through, convincingly showing characters who are coming into their magical powers while still feeling profoundly human.