Bowen Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
Another episode in the Wicked Lovely faery saga, and the reader is transported deeper into the faery world. Aislinn and Keenan still have their issues with each other, as does Aislinn and Seth, Keenan and Donia, Niall with everyone, and Bananach wants war. The main push of this book is that Seth wants to become a faery so he can spend eternity with Ash but all of his faery companions and friends refuse to help him. Bananach is the one who takes him to see Sorcha, the High Queen of Faeries, so he can have his eternity. The trouble is, going in he is mortal and doesn’t really understand the ramifications of such a transformation will have on him. Will this be a good thing or bad? My guess is bad, since there are two more books in the series.
- Aislinn, former mortal, now Summer Queen, still in love with Seth, still resisting to be with Keenan
- Keenan, Summer King, still in love with Donia, but needs to make a go of it with Aislinn for his courts’ survival
- Donia, former Winter Girl, now Winter Queen, still in love with Keenan but they can only get together during Solstice and she is becoming weary of her love for him
- Seth, mortal, soon to be faery, in love with Aislinn, jealous of Keenan, “brother” to Niall
- Niall, newly made Dark King, still angry with Keenan and Aislinn for what happened to Leslie (Ink Exchange)
- Bananach, embodiment of War and Chaos, angry with everyone and continually stirs the pot with plots and schemes and terrifying visions
- various and sundry faeries to numerous to name here
- Sorcha, High Queen of Faeries, a god-like being who creates at the mere hint of a thought and is sister to Bananach; as much as her sister is Chaos, Sorcha is pure reason and logic
- Devlin, brother to Sorcha and Bananach, and a bridge between the mortal/faery world and Faery, Sorcha’s domain.
The book is very well written and the story engaging, however, I spent most of the book being frustrated by the characters. Aislinn really ticked me off with her moping around for Seth. If she truly loved him, she would have let him go when she became a faery instead of selfishly thinking she could have both him and eternity. Keenan ticked me off because he refused to fully assert himself as King and put Aislinn and Seth in their places. Niall ticked me off because he was still mad at the Summer court over Leslie (get over her already) and schemed with Donia against Summer. Donia ticked me off because she still holds Keenan responsible for what happened to her and how she wan’t his Summer Queen – it was your choice, Donia, let it go and move on. And I haven’t forgotten about Seth – he really ticked me off (although not as much as Aislinn) because of his arrogance of thinking he needed to be a faery and now that he is one, he is going to be really big trouble. I don’t know what is coming up in the next two books but I do hope it ends well. I am all about a happy ending, but I’m not sure I’m gonna get one here!
Rating: as much as I hate to admit it, 5 paws because any book that gets me so riled up and mad and frustrated with the characters is one hell of a book! (Sorry about the cursing, I couldn’t help it.)
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