Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I am having so much fun reading fantasy books that incorporate ancient mythology! Diego, the sequel to Finn, is all about Celtic mythology, mixing Irish deities with the Welsh, along with a bit of reincarnation and earthly as well as fae magic. The end result is pure enchantment!
The first book introduced Diego, a human who is much more than he realizes, and Finn, a pooka who rose from a long hibernation to find a modern human world that was slowly poisoning him. Through a series of adventures that reveal they are much stronger together than apart, Finn and Diego forged a relationship that was more than just a rekindling of the love they shared in previous lifetimes. I didn’t expect a sequel because the story arc was complete, but I was really happy to see this book pick up just where the first left off.
Despite all they’ve been through, Diego is still a bit of a puritan, and has a hard time believing that Finn would ever give up his life of sexual freedom and adventure to settle down. So when he came home to find Finn in a compromising position – even though there was a perfectly innocent reason – he allowed his anger to overtake his reason, leading to an explosion of magic that ripped a hole in the world, and he woke up on the other side of the veil, in the Otherworld, kingdom of the Sidhe. Finn was also unwittingly transported to the Otherworld, but in the land of the Fomorians, enemies of the Sidhe. I remember as I was reading through the adventure where Finn and Diego got caught between the Danu/Balor feud that this was enough for a novella all on its own, especially when our heroes managed to bring the two kingdoms together. Next came a mysterious illness, for which again, Diego and Finn managed to find the cause, and provide the cure. Once again, the story could have ended here! But our intrepid author managed to push it yet further, and the culmination of the story involves clandestine government agencies capturing and experimenting upon the fae who were with Diego and Finn at their house in Montana. I loved how the story went from fairy tale to X-Files!
It was clear in the first book that Diego, AKA Taliesin, was powerful, and probably the most magical human that ever existed. His power was never really manifested though, and he was first and foremost a humble and gentle man. In this book, he finally came to believe in and even embrace that side of himself, which made him more sure of his worthiness to be with Finn, but unfortunately made Finn feel that he did not deserve Diego. A great deal of the book was the push and pull between the two of them wondering if they were indeed right for each other, and facing new jealousies related to old relationships. Diego was revealed not to be as kind and forgiving as he thought he was, while Finn found humility. They both made mistakes, but as in every good fairy tale, true love wins in the end. I have to admit that the ending was cheesy in a lot of ways (and I had to laugh when the US lost out to Canada as the host for Faerie’s chosen earthly location!) but that is part of the author’s charm.
Very enjoyable, with some surprising twists, and a whole lot of learning to love your neighbor despite differences
Cover art by Emmy @ studioenp has a very nice representation of the hole in the veil, with the ubiquitous headless torso.
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Pride Publishing (first published September 16th 2010)
Edition Language English
Series Endangered Fae #2
Characters Danu, Finn Shannon, Diego Sandoval, Lugh, Balor…more settingMontana (United States)