I wish I could have enjoyed this book more, I feel like there just aren't enough good male leads in the genre and I was really starting to like Deacon Chalk. However I found the story to be utterly predictable, at times a little too absurd, and it felt like there should have been much more to the story. A lot of time is spent espousing theological views (which came off as preachy to me) instead of character development. The story also seemed like it was over too fast, there were no real twists or bends, just a straight line from point A to point B. I knew how the book was going to end after only a few chapters. I kept waiting for the twist but it never came. All that aside it is still worth the read if you liked the previous installments. It just isn't on the same level.