This book picks up directly after the battle in the first book of the series. I liked the first 2 pages, so I put the book away until I found the first one. Good decision. The book would make a lot less sense without the build-up in Poison Princess.
Various super-powered Arcana (are-CANE-uh) make alliances, sort of trust each other, plan to betray each other, and develop new alliances.
Does Evie have the guts to kill the person who took her prisoner? Will she sleep with her boyfriend? Will the jealous guy kill the boyfriend? Can a non-Arcana non-superpower guy keep up with with the Arcana people? Is it absolutely necessary to take a good story and devolve it into a love triangle?
The same way the story opened with last book’s ending, it closes with next book’s open – what a cliffhanger!