The fifth story in the Haven series, and the fourth novel.
Shortly after their almost disastrous struggle with the Darkness (in Melissa's Rite), the Harbingers are faced with a new antagonist who controls the minds and reality of others in a way that has nothing to do with the Dark Entity. That difference blindsides the Harbingers.
The mystery of teenagers in Haven disappearing every year for four decades at Halloween, the struggle to understand the new power confronting them, subtle interference from the weakened Darkness, the constant driving imperative to strengthen their own slowly developing powers, the need to keep the Book out of the hands of the new enemy and the Darkness, the struggle to prevent yet another teenager taken into sexual slavery; these and many more threads are skillfully knitted into a gripping plot.
Nothing comes easily for A Strange Geek's characters. They struggle to make sense of what is happening, they make wrong decisions, some of them partly succumb to their enemies. We see the recent events in their lives hastening their maturity.
ASG's take on mind control is fascinating and gripping. The struggle in the mind of the newest victim about to be 'disappeared', between one of the Harbingers and their new antagonist, is quite original-- an example of top imagination and writing.
Summing up; plot and characterization are excellent, the writing technically perfect (I cannot remember any errors). Sex plays a major part in the story (The Harbingers strengthen their abilities through shared sex) and is very well done.
And the young Harbingers finally gain a new, more mature, member, and an ally at school.
Top class storytelling, this novel surpasses the excellent standard set in the previous Haven stories. Future stories in this series are eagerly awaited... after the new 'Narlass' story please!