So, I wasn’t kidding when I said I was going to jump right into book three as soon as I was finished with book two. ^_^ It was nearly instantaneous!
Again, this review is going to contain mild spoilers for things that occur over the course of especially book one, and so if you haven’t read The Lord of Stariel, you may want to go ahead and read it first.
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Alright, good? Okay. Let’s do this.
Marrying your fae prince shouldn’t be this hard.
Hetta’s family now know Wyn’s true identity, but that doesn’t mean they approve of their relationship. Princes are all very well – but Wyn’s not human, for all he’s spent ten years pretending to be.
With gossip spreading like wildfire, Hetta and Wyn receive a royal summons. The Queen of Prydein has heard the rumours of fae intruders, and she’s not letting Wyn go until she’s satisfied he and his people aren’t a threat. Convincing her would be a lot easier if someone wasn’t trying to blacken Wyn’s name – and if his sister wasn’t trying to kill him.
For mortal politics aren’t the only problem the pair have to face. The Court of Ten Thousand Spires is still without a ruler, and the only way out may be for Wyn to assume the throne himself – meaning he and Hetta can never be together.
“My love, I’m about to undertake a potentially dangerous experiment that depends not only on my focus and self-control but on your quick reflexes if something goes awry, and you are complaining about a missed opportunity to ogle my shirtless self?” His wings shifted restlessly. He was easier to read in his fae form, unable to keep his feathers from betraying his emotions.
She leaned her elbows on her knees and took a moment to consider. “Yes, that’s exactly my complaint.”
His eyes danced. “Hetta. You aren’t helping my concentration.”
“Isn’t that the whole point of this exercise?”
Oh my but this series has taken hold of me and taken me for a wonderful ride through magical gaslight fae adventures.
Hetta’s family know what Wyn is at this point, and rumors are abound. When Hetta and Wyn receive a royal summons from the Queen, they head south to the capital. Even the royal court of Prydein has heard about the fae intrusions into Stariel, and they won’t let Wyn go until they’re sure that he isn’t to blame.
On top of that, Wyn’s evil sister is trying to kill him even more than normal, because the fae court of ThousandSpires wants him to be king, and she can’t allow that.
This was another fantastic installment of the story, and I found it incredibly hard to put down once I picked it up. Many late nights were spent curled up in bed reading. It was well written, and well edited. I haven’t found a noticeable error in this series so far, as far as I can remember.
The characters are still fantastic. We get to visit with Wyn’s brother Rakken again, as well as Rakken’s twin sister Catsmere. I really enjoyed watching them interact with the human characters, especially Hetta’s brother Marius, who gets caught up in his family’s drama, per usual. He’s more than a bit adorable himself, and it’s hard not to want him to live happily ever after too, even if he is a little bit overprotective of his little sister. Hetta and Wyn are still adorable together, and banter with each other in ways that just got all of the smiles out of me. It’s wonderful finding a book or a series with characters as lovable as these. It makes me want to read the series over and over.
So, in conclusion, I thought this was a wonderful addition to the series, and I can’t wait for the last book. I can only imagine the shenanigans to come, because the ending of this one left all kinds of options open for maximum shenanigans! 5/5 stars!~
In further conclusion, WHEN IS BOOK FOUR? I NEED IT. NEEEEED IT.
I’ll do my best to remain patient and read other books in the meantime.