Newcomers and returning readers alike will devour this companion novel to Marr’s ragingly popular Wicked Lovely (2007). The new peace between the Summer King and the Winter Queen isn’t good for everyone: those of the Dark Court, who feed on faeries’ destructive emotions, are dangerously weakened. Irial, King of the Dark Court, needs a solution, and he finds one in the Summer Queen’s mortal friend Leslie. Tormented by memories of abuse, Leslie wants nothing more than to reclaim her body by getting a tattoo, but the enchanted design she selects provides Irial with a direct link to mortals’ emotions. The tattoo binds Leslie and Irial together even as a third faerie works to prevent their destructive yet seductive connection. All of Marr’s characters are complex, defying easy description and evoking sympathy and horror in equal measures, and all cast a thrall that will leave readers willing to forgive plotting that can be difficult to follow. This dark fantasy about survival and transformation is as mesmerizing as its urban faery subjects. Grades 10-12. –Krista Hutley –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Just now finished this book and I loved it .
I know the story wouldn’t have turned out the same but I truly think that realistically Ash(the Summer Queen) should have told her mortal best friend, Leslie, about the faery world and the dangers lurking around every corner instead of just trying to protect her. I mean if you knew something that would give your best friend as edge to remaining safe and knowledgable about the dangers around her, wouldn’t you tell her. I would. But, regardless, I loved this book and look forward to the next one.