Skirmish takes readers into brand-new territory, beginning right after the conclusion of The Sun Sword. The Terafin has been assassinated by a demon, and the battle for the House Seat will now begin. Four candidates have declared themselves, but Jewel, the Terafin’s own choice to become the next Terafin, has yet to announce her intentions. By the time she does announce her candidacy, attempts have been made on her life by demons. She has also walked along and shut a magical road against some of the demons, while at the same time, she’s acquired a number of nonhuman allies. But whether Jewel and her allies—both mortal and magical—will all survive the war that is now beginning is very much in question….
"House Name is lush, richly intricate, heartbreaking in its subtle dealings with Jay and her den. Jay is charismatic, deeply compelling, and her story kept me rooting for her…. The story sucked me in and didn’t spit me out until the very end.… West has a brilliant hand in detail, in weaving in background to fuel the story without being clunky and boring, and in creating a luxuriously textured world that is at once familiar and strange. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say that she’s been there all along and it’s about time she was noticed as such."– Night Owl Reviews
"[City of Night] is a super action oriented investigative fantasy in an incredible world as Michelle West makes her empire and capital seem as if it comes from ancient history books rather than her imagination. The cast is strong especially the lead couple who are clearly devoted to one another with each wanting to keep the other safe. However, it is the city and its undercity that spellbinds the audience as no one knows what is coming to the surface from below."– Alternative Worlds
"I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been waiting a long time to see what happens after the events covered by The Sun Sword and finally, we have it."– Dear Author (for Skirmish)
"This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It’s simply a great read, don’t miss it."– themaineedge.com (for The Hidden City)
"I am glad I read it. It is out of the ordinary for a fantasy tale, and is a Hamlet rather than a Henry V."– Grasping for the Wind (for The Hidden City)
"Ms. West is able to develop in the reader a true sense of emotional connection to the characters. These are people who’ve been in my life since the late ’90′s and, like George R.R. Martin’s characters, they feel like family. I’m much closer to Sagara’s characters, but that’s not surprising since that emotional attachment and the growth and development of the characters is central to the story of struggle…. I loved this book, as I’ve loved all of her books. If you’re new to this kind of writing and have read George R.R. Martin’s series and enjoyed it, I highly recommend these books."– Chaotic Compendiums (for Skirmish)
"Fans of award-winning Toronto fantasy writer Michelle West will be delighted with this return to the vivid and detailed universe of the Sacred Hunt and the Sun Sword series…. In a richly woven world, and with a cast of characters that ranges from traumatized street kids to the wealthy heads of the most prominent houses in Averalaan, West pulls no punches as she hooks readers in with her bold and descriptive narrative."– Quill & Quire (for The Hidden City)