Rating: 5/5 stars
“She knows exactly what I want,” Sorcha says in that cheerful, singsong voice of hers. The one from my nightmares. “Don’t you?”
This book provided a perfect ending for the story Aileana, Kiaran and all the others. Well, no, it wasn’t 100% happily ever after. That’s not what I wanted for this either; with these books Elizabeth May has shown that she’s not afraid to hurt her characters, both physically and mentally, and I doubted she’d shy away from killing some. Yes, there are characters – characters that I love and adore – that died in this novel. I’m not going to write who, though!
The novel begins with Aileana coming back from the dead – literally. She crawls out of the ground with no memory of who she once was, but knows that she’s human. However, while dead, she’s somehow received faery-like powers. From who, she doesn’t know, but she still uses these powers. Against everyone. That includes people she once saw as friends – though now she does not remember them.
As Aileana manages to reclaim her memories, she’s instead faced with the issue that the world is breaking apart. With an Unseelie King and a Seelie Queen, magic is draining away. Only one of them can rule and thus restore order – but in order to do that, siblings Kiaran and Aithinne have to kill each other.
Oh, and the powers Aileana has received? They will kill her. Again. She’s on borrowed time.
So yes, drama and action and blood, just like in the previous two novels! And it’s all absolutely perfectly mixed with a bit of Scottish sass. We get to meet more faeries from myths and legends told through time – good and bad ones – and the romance… oh my lord, the romance! So bloody amazing! Other than Aileana’s impending return to the dead, there’s also the possibility that Aithinne might be the one to kill Kiaran. Aaaand there’s also the issue that, now that Kiaran’s Unseelie again – and not just any Unseelie, but the Unseelie King – he has a thirst for human blood. As the king, his thirst is greater than other Unseelie. See how this might turn out to be a bit of a problem?
Now? Well, now I just keep my fingers crossed that Elizabeth May has a new project planned, because I’m not sure I’ll be able to survive without more books from her!