by Kat Richardson
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451465283
Date: 05 August 2014 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Harper Blaine gets a coded message from her boyfriend, Quinton. Quinton has been mostly out of touch as he moves around the world in his effort to stop his father, James McHenry Purlis, and dismantle his Ghost Division. Quinton needs her help in Portugal as soon as she can get there. Harper knows she must travel in a manner that can't be tracked so she turns to Carlos, a vampire necromancer, who has his own reasons to see Quinton's father stopped.
In Portugal, Harper learns Quinton's niece, Soraia, has been kidnapped by his father. His father is also working with the Kostní Mágrové -- Bone Mages. The Bone Mage's magic is very, very dark -- they work to destroy in order to bring on an apocalypse. Quinton doesn't know what his father has planned, but he knows it must be stopped, and they have to save his niece.
In Revenant, we learn much more about Carlos. He was originally from Portugal and being there after so many years away is both familiar and strange for him. He learns that even he was unaware of some events in his past.
Meanwhile, some of the people who were allies in previous books once again appear to offer help to Harper and Quinton. New alliances are forged while some characters must face truths they'd been trying to deny.
While some parts seem to be more travelogue than action adventure thriller, it turns out those travelogue parts are extremely important as the actions escalates until you reach the point where you just cannot put the book down. Lives are at stake and the isn't a moment to spare as timing is critical if they want to save the world from destruction.
There's twists and turns and surprising revelations aplenty to keep the fans of the series reading into the wee hours of the night. If you haven't read any of the previous books, you could theoretically read this one, as there's some backfill to help you, but why not start at the beginning and really get to know these characters and the world they live in.