Darklight picks up a few weeks/months after the events of Wondrous Strange. It’s difficult to say much about Darklight without giving away some of the reveals in Wondrous Strange so consider yourself warned!
Blurb: Faerie can’t lie . . . or can they?
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.
When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.
I felt like this book took just a bit for the pace to pick up. The characters were continuing with their lives and adjusting to the changes and things just plodded along for a little while. But once things picked up (about 1/3 through?), they really got going. I read somewhere that this series was originally slated to be 2 volumes and I think you can feel it a little bit in the slow pace here. But I don’t feel like anything unnecessary was really added, either. Everything had a point and went into the story’s development so the additional pages weren’t a waste.
Again, I felt like the prologue in this volume gave away plot. Well, not so much gave away as tipped the reader off to the next big reveal. I spent my reading hyper-aware of any hint or reference that tied back to the prologue. So events that would have surprised me lost that element since I was already on the lookout. But at the same time, those revelations would probably have seemed to come out of left field if it weren’t for the prologue…
Kelley stars in another play – Romeo and Juliet – but this time the correlation with the plot wasn’t nearly as obvious to me and felt a bit forced. But I still enjoyed the inclusion of the play and how the play tended to relate to Kelley’s life. Kelley was a bit more of a teenager in this book but I still felt her actions and attitude fit and weren’t obnoxious. The revelations kept coming in this volume. Some predictable, some not, and many tying back to the first volume neatly. The humor wasn’t as obvious but still present occasionally.
There was the introduction of the obligatory love rival – only not so much. And that’s what kept the book from heading into overdone territory. Fennrys Wolf is an interesting and somewhat mysterious character, briefly introduced in the first volume and explored a bit more in this book. But rather than a love rival, his character helps flesh out this world a bit more since up until now it’s been mostly Kelley and Sonny’s perspective. We never see things from his point of view but his presence causes ripples that prevent the focus being nothing but Kelley/Sonny sappy romance.
I’d like to insert here that my love of Kelley’s co-actor Gentleman Jack knows no bounds. I’d really enjoy a book where he played a much larger role than he gets here. Oh – and the last third of this book is as tense and action packed as the climax of Wondrous Strange. Unlike the first volume, this book ends on a cliffhanger and you will do yourself a favor if you have the third and final volume ready at hand.
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