Devlin has been the High Court’s assassin since the beginning. He bloodies his hands so the Unchanging Queen can maintain order. But there have been a couple of times he’s not done as he was told; one of those times is when he was meant to murder Ani as a child. Ani is a halfling who shouldn’t be able to do all of what she can do. Which makes her dangerous and an asset. Years after Devlin was meant to kill her they cross paths again and the fate that was meant to be avoided with her death begins to play out.
I liked it. It was more centred around the balance the Dark Court creates for the High Court and how we need both logic and emotions to have harmony. Seeing more of Irial was great (I swear, if this is ever adapted for something more visual I will be drooling over the former Dark King). The Dark Court is, in my opinion, more interesting than the seasonal courts. Or maybe I can relate to it better. Anyway, I was happy that this story was written (the same as when Ink Exchange was written which is Dark focused as well).
What I didn’t like was how fast Devlin and Ani fell for each other. There was no build up or trust created. There should’ve been more spent on this.
Also didn’t like the minimal description of the sensual senses. Ani craves touch, she receives nourishment from it making her a very physical fairie. That said, we don’t get beautiful descriptions of Devlin touching her skin with an accidental graze or an intentional full body kiss. Which sucks. I like it when a story makes my skin tingle because I’m riding the same high as the characters.
So that was a missed opportunity.
Unlike the book before this (Fragile Eternity) in the series, it feels complete and not some filler. Though (and I hate that I’m finding things to nit-pick), it felt rushed as if the author had to finish writing it and get it to the editor ASAP. This led to a rather unfortunate ending that tidied too neatly. Not going to give anything away, but it was a little too convenient. Logical, though. If more time was taken then that build up in trust and sexual tension would’ve been more satisfying. Not sure what would’ve made the ending better, perhaps more death and destruction and not everything falling into place.
Other than that, it is a good book. Of course start with the first story in the series (Wicked Lovely). If you jump into the middle you’ll miss a whole heap and get lost and be confused when they mention someone or some incident that happened two books ago. Can’t wait to read the final book and see how it all ends. Wonder who’s life will be shaken next.