4.5 stars! I LOVED this book! As all world building books, it started off a bit slow but, WOW, did it pick up!Also, I love a UF book/author that doesn't shy away from a love scene! Woohoo! No fade to black here. The end got a bit weird/mushy for me. I did sense Death had an interest in Alex but declaring his love was a bit much. I wonder how the love triangle will play out in subsequent books.