Zoey Donovan Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she's being drop kicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.
The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.
On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around one with very different ideas on how to run things is proving difficult. For their own safety, they're stuck inside Zoey's home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world again would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.
Bernice takes a reluctant Zoey to England for a Hidden meeting and everyone reacts with alarm to see her out in the open. They are told that every country has now had Aegises attacked and only a handful are left alive. Zoey flees home to find Maurice in a panic, especially when a portal to the demon world opens on their driveway. Talia the Demon Queen is not happy about it and decides to help try and stop it but the church cult which includes Pansy keep chanting to open more. When each portal opens, an aswang leaps through to try to kill an Aegis and if the portal to the zombie world opens, the apocalypse will come.
This was so action packed that I could barely catch my breath and I loved it! Portals are opening to worlds of demons, werewolves, vampires and zombies, and each Portal threatens the lives of our gang, which really had me on edge. Through these portals we get to meet some interesting new characters like Papa Dino, the vampire ruler and Talia the Demon ruler. The weres were also good fun and there was humour in amongst the action, which this author is really good at.
Then there was the emotional angst. Zoey and Riley have split up and are finding it difficult to work together because of it. Stacy is in despair at the amount of time that Maurice is spending with Sara and doesn't think that she can compete. My heart broke for poor Stacy and I so wanted her and Maurice to get back together! I just didn't like the idea of Maurice and Sara as a couple. Maurice is really pissed that his ex wife Pansy is involved with the Cult and giving Zoey such a hard time. I could have hit Pansy at times in this book but she was a really good character. Maurice and his tangled love life feature heavily in this book and I actually enjoyed it! Tashi has good news to share but Aggie hints that her own time is nearly up which alarms Zoey as they are not ready to deal with the threatened apocalypse. Sara gets the chance to have justice against her rapist but Zoey is alarmed at the idea of him coming anywhere near Sara again.
And then came the zombies. The Big Battle where every single creature is in danger and fighting for survival. If the zombies bite you, you become one of them and can never live in this realm again as you are too dangerous. I was in full panic mode watching all the characters I care about going into battle. And of course, there was a moment that made me scream 'noooooo!' and yes, yet again the author made me cry! Why do you DO this to me woman!!! I just can't take any more!!!
The author writes her characters so well that you just connect to them and love them, so it breaks your heart when bad crap happens to any of them. The wonderful thing about these books is the emotion the reader invests in them-you laugh, you cry and your anxiety levels go up and down as each new problem occurs. It is just so well written with the perfect amount of angst, action, laughs and romance. I recommend these books so much!