*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
I have to say, I don’t think it’s ever taken me more than a day or two to read any of the books in this series, and this one was no exception. They’re just so gripping and easy to get lost in.
I didn’t really love Emerson in the last book, but, just as I suspected, I liked her more this time as I got to know her more. I really liked that she wasn’t too much of a savior. As in, for the most part, she just wanted to save herself and her mother, not the whole world. She’ll risk her life for people she cares about, but not necessarily for random strangers, especially when there are other people out there whose job it is to deal with the bigger world-saving things and help those strangers. It might sound weird to say I like that, but it’s realistic. And I don’t mean to say that she was selfish—she did try to do what was right and didn’t just sit back and do nothing if there was in fact something she could do—I’m just saying I found her motivations and actions to be believable.
I also thought the author did a great job of portraying the conflicting situation Emerson was in. If it weren’t for the way the she was going to be forced to use her power to do terrible things, life at the Unseelie palace did seem like it would actually be pretty great. Roarke treated her well, she found a new friend in Aurora, the Queen was nice, the palace was beautiful, the parties were epic, and she even got to ride dragons! I’d have been tempted to take that deal myself.
I also once again liked how everything in the series continues to build on each other and interconnect and work together as it all goes on.
And of course this wouldn’t be a Creepy Hollow book if it didn’t have some twists. There was one thing about halfway through that wasn’t exactly a twist, but it did surprise me because I had not seen it coming. Then there was a real twist later in the book, a signature Rachel Morgan kinda twist ;-)
I think this book was a little slower-paced and less action-packed than the others though, at least for the first half or so, since the plot for much of this book revolved around Emerson living at the Unseelie Palace and just kind of learning, playing a part, and figuring out a plan. But there were still interesting things happening during that time since, you know, it was the Unseelie Palace and there was magic and everything, and there was more action later in the book.
I also thought there were a few things that happened that were a little too coincidental, but that was a rather small issue in the grand scheme of things.
So overall, although this book was a little less action-packed than the others, it was no less gripping, magical, twisty, or enjoyable to read!
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