Fantastic follow up to Broken Compass. If you're new to this author, it's best to read the Supernatural Prison trilogy first. This description might call Magical Compass book 2, but it's really book #5 of this world. I can't imagine trying to pick up Broken Compass as the first book. While Jaymin Eve does a decent job of recapping, there's just so much complexity in her novels that I think you'd still be missing out on a lot.
Characters are consistent with the previous novels, though we get more depth in Tyson's character b/c it's his story. We get to see the differences between him and his brothers. There's growth and development in the characters, but it's really more of a revelation of what's been happening since the first Supernatural Prison novel. This novel picks up 2 months after the end of Broken Compass, and spans perhaps 3 days. With trips to Faerie where time moves differently, it's hard to tell, and they only sleep and eat once. So not a whole lot of character development between beginning of this book and the end.
The plot is characteristic of Jaymin Eve's work. There's a crisis (immediate in this novel) which leads to a "save the world" issue and a lot of action sequences. The Compass brothers even comment on how often they've had to "save the world" recently. There're some crazy magic twists and revelations and then a HEA of sorts. We know there's another novel to follow this, so there will be more drama and action in the next novel.
The "romance" is full-strength from the first page, but the graphic sex scene isn't until the end. so easy to skip it and get to the final few moments of the novel.
The pace is fast, and sometimes the energy/suspense is faster than the narration can handle. What I mean by that is there's some risk of death scene and some crucial aspect or dialogue that I read and immediately need an answer to, but the narration has to give me other details first and i want to skim to get to the answer, thereby missing other important information. Perhaps there's nothing wrong with the narration and I'm just a poor suspense reader, spoiled forever by the instant visual gratification of movies and tv.
Overall a great read! Definitely looking forward to the next novel.