In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie. Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth - that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?
Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.
©2011 Holly Black (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read a few of Holly Black's books when I was a teen and I thought they were amazing. I read both Valiant and Tithe, the prequels to this book, and was excited to revisit the world when I had the opportunity to download it.
Alas, the book did not hook me the way that the others did. Maybe it's because I haven't read the others recently enough, or because a lot of the things that ran true as a teen don't apply to me anymore. Also distracting was the narrator. For some reason her voice annoyed me. I think I would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.
Holly Black does great work with the Fairies of the east coast and the concept of living with them in a divided world. She is obviously knowledgeable regarding fairy lore and she works well with the intricacies of their politics without making the narrative boring. Sometimes the dialogue, particularly that of Rooiben, seems stilted though.
I generally like Holly Black, and would definitely recommend her other work. But my favorite is still Valiant and I further feel that the story is complete enough without the addition of Ironside.
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