Our resident ghost, Jenny, had her character fleshed out in this novel. We experienced trips into her past via Abigail, being possessed, and found that she was stronger than she ever imagined, to the point of being able to move outside of her home on Augur Lane (via a brick). I really enjoyed the insight into this generous, kind, and sometimes scary character. A formidable woman, who just happens to have met her end by evil means. We see that she was as smart, if not smarter, than certain male engineers. We also learn about her fiancée, and see the jealousy Jackaby harbours for their relationship.
Abigail was once again my favourite character, continuing to impress by facing her fears for the sake of her friends, and sometimes just for humanity's sake. She is by far the star/hero of this tale, outshining Jackaby. Although, Jackaby's growth has really come along since the first novel. Abigail seems to be a positive influence, and we see that he has a soft spot for outsiders like himself (protecting those who need someone on their side). There are also revelations about how he came to inherit his gift/curse; a sad tale, but one that shows us why Jackaby is so standoffish, it explains his inability or unwillingness to connect to others. It brings his entire purpose into sharp focus, and endears him to the reader a little more.
This story did not intrigue me as much as Beastly Bones; however, it was well formed and a perfect segue into the fourth and final installment of our stalwart detective and his intrepid assistant, The Dire King. We know a looming and incredibly strong foe is on the horizon, like nothing these two have ever faced before, and we begin to worry whether our sleuths will make it out in one piece. How can mortals defeat evil Fae folk???
My favourite part included Charon and the river through the afterlife, as it included several mythologies and religions being mixed together. I loved the approach this novel took in explaining the afterlife and how it is different for each person/creature. It also gave insight into Abigail's character, and showed how willing she is to sacrifice herself for others. She was ever the inquisitor with her questioning, Charon answered what he could, but when he became stumped on one question he actually went out of his way to find out for her on the return journey. Loved it!
All our favourite characters made appearances once again, including Charlie (who was as dear and protective as ever) bringing along his dog, which was placed in the care of a certain feathered friend at Augur Lane. It will be hard to part with this perfectly imagined world; so, while I am excited to read The Dire King come August, I know it will be bittersweet.