In this light-hearted action fantasy, magic meets detective story. The humorous tone and witty banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery serve to diffuse what otherwise could be dark subject matter (murder, end-of-the world, vampire type of stuff). Stephanie is attacked on several occasions and there is violence with weapons (guns, swords, scythes) but the context is pure fantasy. Language is very mild (d-mn) and infrequent. Stephanie is a fiercely independent and self-reliant character. Her parents provide a positive message after she inherits her uncle's huge fortune, reminding her that she needs to continue with her education plans so that she can be independent and successful on her own merits. Fans can read more about these magical detectives in the next installment of the series, Playing with Fire.