I adored the first book and I loved this one just as much. Set after the events of Anna, we open once again on a hunt but this time Cas is with his friends. I liked that little touch, it opened like the first book but instead Cas is no longer alone in his world of death and supernatural. And for the first time ever he and his mum have stayed put.
There is so much to love about this book. Not only have we seen Cas change and grow but we're seeing more of Carmel and Thomas. For me Carmel has to be the biggest surprise of these books, I grew to love her very quickly. She got thrown into this crazy world head first and tried to balance both lives as best she could. Thomas I feel grows into his own and we finally see what he's made of.
The search for Anna and how to save her brings them overseas to merry old England where we finally meet Gideon. In this book we learn a lot more about the athame and where it came from, its true purpose and what it is capable of doing. As their journey continues we meet a mysterious Order who have their own plans when it comes to Cas.
This book was so annoyingly close to being 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I felt the only thing lacking was some real history, but that may just be me and my need to devour history. I wanted to know more about the Order how the athame was made. I understand that Cas has no interest in the Orders ways and beliefs but I refuse to believe that Gideon would let him walk into such a dangerous situation without being a little bit prepared. Not to mention the fact that I would have thought Thomas would have done as much back ground reading as he could, even for the readers benefit. I also wished we got one more chapter after all the events that went down in hell. I'm not sure what I would want from it but I just felt it was needed, even if it was something as simple as a hunt.
That aside this book was brilliant, it is much slower paced compared to the first book as it is more research based then fighting ghosts all the time. Again I read this during the day, although not seriously scary there are come scenes that will stick in your mind. Let's not talk about the forest full of dead people.