This book has a different flavor from the others in the series that I have read. Annja Creed is an archaeologist that is a trouble magnet. That is due to the fact that she has been gifted with Joan of Arc's sword along with mystical powers, not to mention enhanced speed and strength.
Annja is drawn into the investigation of Santo Nino, the Holy Child, while on a dig in New Mexico. Also drawn into the mystery of the Child is a Jesuit priest, Father Robert Godin. He is more a religious troubleshooter of cop than a priest. His character is an interesting addition to the mythology of the Rogue Angel. His involvement becomes even more interesting when he is revealed to be the latest incarnation of the Inquisition. The resolution to the story leaves an opening for some interesting interactions between her and the Catholic Church. Garin puts in a small appearance, but there is no real development of that character.
Annja is stalked once again by monsters, both human and non-human. which leads to another confrontation between good and evil. The violence in this book is a little more intense than previously. It seems in this book, Annja is a little more ready to use the sword publicly than in other books. But that does not detract from my enjoyment of the story. It is another enjoyable installment in the series.