Like the books before it, this third installment in the Fever series is not an instant-gratification experience. It's proof that KMM, quite simply, is a genius. The answers remain elusive. You're not any closer to understanding Barrons (the reason for my imperfect four star rating). But the frustratingly drawn out plot elements in the first two books have been gathered and used as seeds. Now the seeds are evolving into a conundrum of high-minded and stirring moments. For instance, the fearsome Barrons' reception of his birthday cake (powerful character building). And the mysterious travels of the Book as it is appropriately nicknamed the Beast (diabolical plot hook). There's a wild amount of anticipation as we venture through Mac's maddeningly-slow day-to-day countdown to Halloween Eve, but knowing this installment in the series is just one more gateway to what can only be a spellbinding and wondrous conclusion, you'll endure the sedate pace with bated breath. You know a terrible war is coming. You can smell it in Dublin's timorously pungent atmosphere and feel it crackle along on Mac's sun-starved skin. When it arrives, it has no face. War and its depraved brethren of the apocalypse personify New Testament legends with a boldness that brings a shocking cliffhanger guaranteed to forever change poor brave Mac. But you have faith in Mac because the character development in this series has been consistently ace. And as you're embedded in her mind during her alarming experience at the end, you perceive the Mac you know splintering, shattering irreparably with crystalline imagery. Arresting though it may be, this turn of events doesn't disrupt the narrative, but intensifies it.There's no way in Unseelie hell you'll walk away from the series at this point in the story.