Sky Weathers is not having a good thirteenth birthday. What may be the entire rest of the Hunter community has now shown up in Exile, with the express purpose of killing him. Bedlam, an ancient and terrible monster who was sealed long ago by Solomon Rose and Alexander Drake, is trying to get free. And by all accounts, he's headed for Exile. And Sky, who has both the Hunter's Mark and the Eye of Legend, may be his target.
Although it's been a while since I read the first book, Return to Exile, it didn't take long to get into the thick of things again. Sky has spent a lot of time learning, building up a home base, and hunting monsters with his friends, but it doesn't mean as much as he'd hope when Exile is flooded with real, trained Hunters. Traps and riddles abound, lies and part-truths, and ferreting out what's really going on, and what to do about it, may be Sky's only chance to survive.
The book starts fairly grim, and maintains a dark tone throughout, but there are still plenty of laughs. In particular, my favorite scene of the entire book is the Homecoming game. Everyone fighting to keep the madness from spilling over into whatever normal parts of Exile are left, only to end up with an even bigger mess on hand—-some of the best bits of dialogue are in this part, particularly Hands on the loudspeaker. Hannah, too, gets her chance to shine, and prove that she doesn't have to be a Hunter to take out the bad guys.
There is some indication another book should be following, but I haven't been able to find any information on it. That said, if the series for some reason petered out here, it wouldn't be a bad ending, just one with a few key mysteries unresolved. I rate this book Recommended.