Just when Ethan Chase thinks he’s done with Faery, he’s pulled back in.
Fresh from his adventures in The Lost Prince (2012), Ethan thinks his biggest concern is his new girlfriend Kenzie’s father, who reasonably objects to his leukemia-stricken teenage daughter disappearing and running off to New York with Ethan. But then Ethan’s half sister, Meghan, the Iron Queen, comes to him because her son (Ethan’s nephew), Keirran, has gone missing. Soon after, Keirran’s beloved, the exiled Summer fey Annwyl, seeks Ethan’s help—she too can’t find Keirran, and as the Fade is quickly claiming her, she wishes to see him once more before dying. The search for Keirran brings Annwyl and Ethan, who’s trying unsuccessfully to protect Kenzie from the fey world (a forced, predictable moment), to the New Orleans goblin market and right into the thick of things. The plot picks up, sweeping the heroes through temporary, dark-magic solutions, various otherworlds and encounters with familiar characters. Ethan and Keirran face parallel romantic storylines, each in love with someone facing imminent death, though Keirran’s takes center stage as they struggle to save Annwyl. Additionally, a prophecy that’s been hinted at finally comes into play at the climax, bringing major implications for characters and worlds alike—a major cliffhanger.
A little slow to start, but once it does, readers won’t want it to end. (Fantasy. 12-15)