Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
For those of you who thought this would be Zach and Lugh’s story, you are right, but it is so much more…. This book takes our heroes from the upper echelons of the United States government, to a perilous journey to the realm of dragons and wild fae, and they are confronted with danger from within and without, and face a sorcerer powerful enough to control and corrupt all the magical forces in the human world. I’m so pleased with this series, and how it just keeps getting better! I’m not sure that there will be another book in the series, but I am hoping!
At the end of the last book, the Fae had established a permanent presence in the human world, declared themselves an independent country, and Diego was the diplomatic liaison between the two realms. Zach was head of security for the fae, especially for Prince Lugh. Everything was supposed to be straightforward from there, but opening a gate between the two worlds had some very unexpected repercussions.
It all started when Finn developed a magical malady – what the fae healers described as their version of the common cold – that made him miserable and also made him shift uncontrollably. Then other unusual things started occurring, humans developing magical skills, but also the appearance of mythical monsters, vampires, werewolves, and the like. While Zach was struggling with his attraction to Lugh, he was accidentally outed to his parents and went to do damage control, and was bitten by a werewolf as he was defending a couple of kids. Even the fae had no cure for that.
Initially, the story focussed on Zach and Lugh as they worked through the fact that Zach was now a monster dangerous to fae as well as humans, and what that meant for the growing relationship between the two of them. Diego was increasingly concerned by the evidence that magic was getting out of control in the human world. But the story took an unexpected twist that left everyone reeling, and Zach was thrust into the role of leader of the combined fae and human forces to combat the sudden appearance of a belligerent, tyrannical sorcerer who could quite possibly take over the world.
At first I was a little frustrated that I was missing some background elements, and it wasn’t clear exactly where the story was going. But with a little patience, the pieces started coming together and the story took on an urgency that made it a real page turner. And though in retrospect I find myself wondering “Why did that happen like this? Why didn’t they do that instead? Why did the author go in this direction?”, while I was reading I had no such qualms. There was an incredible amount of detail and new information added to the basis set in the first two books, and to be honest at times it was too much. New characters came into the story, some fully fleshed out, and others left me wondering why they didn’t have more to say or do, or why they were there at all. I guess that is one reason I am hoping for more, but I believe Ms. Martinez will have to tighten up what could easily turn into an overly vast and sprawling cast of characters. I got the impression that the world of Diego and Finn and their human and fae friends is much more complete and coherent in Ms. Martinez’ mind, but is so complex that it is hard to put it down on paper in a way that makes it totally clear to the reader.
Cover art by Emmy@studioenp is very pretty, and I love the model for Zach. The font still seems a little odd though…
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Pride Publishing (first published January 13th 2013)
SeriesEndangered Fae #3