Top positive review
Dark and sweet, but no edge
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 11, 2022
Urian was not the terrifying, ominous, dangerous figure teased in prior novels, but rather a petulant, entitled brat. For a century-old man who grew up with Thelma and the High Queen as mothers, I’d expect his character to have a bit more depth if not maturity. I don’t mind disliking a character, but I do want to become enthralled nonetheless. Unfortunately, any sense of mystery and edge go out the window the moment he opens his trap to complain about his heritage.
And speaking of dangerous faeries with teddy bear hearts, Irial makes several appearances. At this point, it’s difficult to portray Irial in a darker, more sinister light since we’re now way more intimate with him than before. While he’s coming into his role as a parent, I do miss the mystery and edge that normally accompanies his character.
I loved the Hunt in this novel. We get a pretty fresh take and some intriguing knowledge on how it all works. Without giving much away, I like the “entanglement” formed as a result of the new developments. It’s exciting. In more ways than one.
And lastly, Ash and Seth. I like that we get to see more of them. Not just because I like their story, but also because their ending was imperfect in the last novel. Seth must spend six months of the year away from Ash’s side. Meanwhile, this 20-something year old regent must rule Summer without a king or consort while the other courts have rulers or consorts with centuries worth of experience. That’s far from a HEA, which is why I had a hard time accepting the ending to her story.
This novel focuses on the unpacking of Ash’s deeper insecurities where their relationship is concerned. And I really do appreciate the shadows and anxiety starting to creep into the fate of their relationship. That’s what makes it a wild journey.
I believe those who gave lesser ratings are certainly entitled. Maybe it’s because we’re now 10 years older from when this all started? Not sure if that affects the “loss of magic” many are lamenting, but I think it’s difficult to continuously deliver the same magic 10 years later, with newer characters, in an ever-changing world where we must also adhere to PC shifts. Whatever the shortcomings are here, I think most can agree that the author still writes beautifully.