Summary: Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did – sort of. The pixies are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.
There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what’s at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined….
My Thoughts: This is a great sequel to Need, and is a bit better, too. I think that’s largely because Zara undergoes a lot of personal growth through the course of this novel. She starts out still super-pacifist chick, still very nieve, very unrealistic. She’s very insistent that everything is black or white; there is no gray. But she learns pretty quickly that maybe things aren’t so easy. Maybe there aren’t always choices. Maybe there really are times when it’s kill or be killed – especially where pixies are involved. I was so glad to see her get to that point, because I was just about ready to strangle her. LOL
Let me start by saying that the writing (or, rather, the editing) is MUCH better this time around. I didn’t pick up on any of the errors I noted in my review of Need. I was very, very relieved to see that!
The story picks up shortly after the end of the first one, but goes in a completely different direction. Now we aren’t just dealing with pixies, but we also have some Norse mythology thrown in. (I love that! ) I don’t want to say too much, because I think the book is that much more enjoyable when you don’t see the big turning point coming. (I did see it coming because of something I read, and I was quite annoyed by that!)
If you enjoyed Need and/or are a fan of all things fae, then I think this is the book for you. Well, after you read Need, of course. Don’t jump in here – get the whole story from the beginning!
Source: Borrowed from my local library.
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Challenges: Counts for the 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge.
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