I have to say, this is probably my least favorite cover of all the books, but it is so nice to FINALLY see a series which does not change cover art halfway through. THANK YOU!! Love, love, love this series, and I am so very glad that the baby plot did not totally derail every other aspect of the plot. The pace was much better than book three, moving along at a nice clip. The action scenes were very well described, and I found myself unable to turn pages fast enough to find out what would happen next.
It was wonderful to get to know more about Lord Maccon, his pack, and his history. For those who have read Carriger's "Finishing School" series, you'll be slightly familiar with Sidheag's part in this story due to events that unfold in that series. It was nice to get the adult, "pack" side of it and fill in the blanks and give more insight. When reading about the plot in the "Finishing School" books, it was honestly a bit confusing for someone who had not read these "Parasol" books first and had a heads-up. Overall this aspect of the plot gave the pack members more dimension and layers, which is always a good thing.
I found myself liking Floote more and more while reading this book. The active but subtle role he has taken in the series is perfect. He's always in the right place at the right time, and his actions and commentary are priceless. Aside from the unexpected love of Floote, my favorite part of this fourth book was the way Carriger is able to take a trusted, "good" character, and turn them into a villain/enemy of sorts. This is done with a subtlety and skill that is impressive.
This is turning out to be one of the best series I have read in a very long time. I am so glad I gave it a chance, and I am excited to dive into the last book in the series, "Timeless".