This was prolly the first book in the series where the case itself felt a little too convoluted (I mean, Isengard, really?) tho I really loved how the overarching series continues to develop with the Faceless Man and argh argh argh the ending! I didn’t expect that to happen and I should have: props to Ben Aaronovitch for the masterful handling.
Still, tho, I felt the book got a bit too wanky in the details. I love learning about architecture, but had a really hard time visualizing Skygarden, which I felt slowed down my processing of the new magical elements introduced in the book, as well. I’ll admit that I’ve never had the firmest grasp on them in any of the preceding books either, but this was the one where I finally felt as if I was struggling to keep up. Anyway, Broken Homes would never work as a standalone, so is recommended only for people who’ve already read and loved the first three.