Seven Black Diamonds
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Lilywhite Abernathy is the daughter of a fierce crime lord and has grown up safe within the walls of her father’s secure compound. She has been trained to fight with various weapons and has always had a bodyguard. She has also been raised to take over her father’s crime business when he retires or is killed. In addition she has fae(fairy) blood – her mother was fae – and in the world she lives in any human with fae blood is arrested and probably killed. A war has been raging between the humans who are quickly destroying the planet and the fae in general and the Queen of Blood and Rage in particular, who seek to purify the earth. To that end the Queen has created what she calls her ‘Seven Black Diamonds’ or a Sleeper Cell that is made up of guerilla/terrorists who are part human and part fae. She is a bloodthirsty queen and no one dares to disobey her – that is until Lily comes along. Lily was predestined to become one of the Queen’s Diamonds, but Lily has other plans.
Like her other fae series, Wicked Lovely (which I really, really liked), this new book ended in such a way that you just know there are other books to come. Also like the previous series, there is a strong young woman who is fae/human who doesn’t kowtow to fae tradition; there is a fae who wants her to love him but she refuses and loves another; and the queens in both books are the strong, icy and violent type while the kings are more volatile. I kept comparing the two series while I was reading the book so in that the world the author created was not a new one but a rehashing of the older one. When the new books come out I will probably read them but so far the first book doesn’t have the same magic as the originals.