Life has been stacking up for vampire, library sciences student, and part-time assassin Amber Fang. She came so close to finding her mother. She can’t seem to avoid her father. And then there are the ninja librarians. There’s hardly enough time to grab a bite to eat.
Title: Amber Fang: Revenge
Author: Arthur Slade
Review Rating: 4 stars
The end in sight
Amber Fang: Revenge carries forward the scrambly momentum of Amber Fang: Betrayal and conscientiously applies itself to Amber’s to-do list:
- not get captured by arms manufacturer Anthony Zarc,
- not get captured by the vampiric Grand Council,
- sort out her family situation.
Amber Fang: Revenge is the last of the series, and the novel seems to be aware of its responsibilities. Author Arthur Slade keeps things efficient and organized and focused on the finish line.
There is enough exposition that you could read Amber Fang: Revenge standalone if you were trapped in a distant airport someplace, but it’s better to think of the series as three volumes of one 600-page novel.
Amber Fang: Revenge is dominated by rushing around, as befits a fugitive ethical vampire. But it is all purposeful rushing around, always headed towards its clearly signposted goals. The path through Amber Fang: Revenge is graded and paved and other roadbuilding metaphors with no diversions or delays. And it does everything it needs to, on time and on budget.
Amber Fang: Revenge is a solid outing for Amber Fang herself. The accretion of allies and plans falls away, leaving her the way we found her in Amber Fang: The Hunted: alone and improvising. It’s a familiar place for her but doesn’t fit because she has changed, and Amber Fang: Revenge is at its best when it’s unfolding her character development.
The Amber Fang series is essentially a two-hander, with the main characters being Amber Fang and her missing mother. Nigella Fang has been a constant presence inside Amber’s head, and Amber Fang: Revenge is the first time she gets more face time than memory time. Author Arthur Slade lets us see for ourselves the way her experiences have changed her. The resolution of that mother-daughter relationship, the discovery of the differences that a few years apart can cause in the closest of people, is very satisfying.
Amber Fang: Revenge is solid and well-constructed, with no loose flapping bits and no weird creaks in the night. It’s more interesting than Amber Fang: Betrayal, not as much fun as Amber Fang: The Hunted, but still pretty darn good.❤