The Trials of Trass Kathra is the eighth book in Abaddon's pulp fantasy epic, The Twilight of Kerberos. It is also the fourth from Mike Wild who, with the aid of his talented heroine, Kali Hooper, has been unveiling more and more of the meta-narrative that links the events of this shared world.
And, in Trials, the meta-play's the thing. In a blog post last year, Abaddon editor (and The Call of Kerberos author) Jonathan Oliver, revealed that the series is coming to a dramatic close in 2012. Trials is the penultimate book by Mike Wild, followed by Mr. Oliver's second book, The Wrath of Kerberos, which will then all be neatly (one hopes?) wrapped up by Mr. Wild again in Children of the Pantheon. That gives Trials a lot of work to do to set-up the set-up.
In the previous Kali Hooper adventure, Engines of the Apocalypse, Mr. Wild did a solid job of juggling the balance between stand-alone pulp and series pillar. Kali Hooper battled the titular Apocalyptic Engines and it just so happened that said that the origin story of the Engines was related to a greater plot. Neatly done. Engines was also the book in which Mr. Wild scooped up some of the other series characters and got them involved as well. At the time, it felt a bit like an old Marvel Annual, but this groundwork helped set the scene for further group adventures.