- Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford
Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford
When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.
Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very Court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.
Unlike the previous two books, JCJ focuses primarily on outside characters and forces with much less on Kai himself. Don't get me wrong, Kai is there in every single page with his snark and his snarl, but there is so much happening around him that all he can do really is react, never getting the chance to get that extra step ahead where he prefers to be.
Ryder's cousin Kerrick (Alexa's brother) has come to the Southern Rise Court with the full and open intention of claiming it for his own. There is a most unique way among Ford's Sidhe lords for determining who rules the Court, and it confounded me even as it fascinated me. Never would I have considered this particular judge of the outcome, yet it seemed so rational and entirely plausible that it made perfect sense.
Tasked with rescuing elfin children from the Unsidhe Court by one of Kai's oldest and dearest friends, nearly this entire novel takes place on the trip south to find the kids. A snarly Kai, two Sidhe lords, and a human Stalker take a road trip. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but this trip forces Kai to face inner demons he's been successfully ignoring for years. Added to it is the progressing illness of his adoptive father, Dempsey, and suddenly Kai finds himself on very shaky ground. Ryder is there, though, every step showing his dedication to and love for Kai.
It's been two years since our last installment of Kai Gracen, and we can only hope that the next one isn't quite so far out. This book is 4.5 stars of joy, tears, exhilaration, and a whammy of an ending! If you haven't picked up the trio of this series, you are missing out. Go find your nearest happy place (aka bookstore) and let some Kai and Ryder take you to places you've never dreamed could exist!!