Finally wrapping up what Jason has been working towards since arriving back on Earth, book six of He Who Fights with Monsters by Travis Deverell (aka Shirtaloon) had a closer return to form for Jason than the previous outings.
The wit and banter between Jason and the supporting characters made me laugh out loud at times, and even some of the supporting characters had some great lines. A couple of gold-rank vampires in particular spring to mind as they watch their horde of ghouls get torn to shreds.
I have to admit that as interesting as getting Jason back to his homeworld was, it did stretch on a bit. I missed the alternate, magical version of Earth called Pallimustus and the friends he made there.
I mentioned in my review of the previous book that it felt like half a story. This, I think, had it been combined with the previous, would have worked well as a single book. Well, maybe some slightly heavier editing as well, as parts of the story do get a little repetitious.
Epilogues worked well to get us ready again for a return to Pallimustus. Told from various viewpoints of the characters we grew to love from earlier in the series, it was a nice, easy way to catch up with what they’ve been up to, and also remind us of all of them without needing to revisit from the beginning.
Much better production on this one compared to the last few. Heath Miller as usual delivers the dry wit and laid-back Aussie attitude as needed.
I’m excited to see where the rest of the series goes now that the whole Earth-side arc has wrapped up. Book nine comes out later this month (as of writing) so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do!