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372 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published March 1, 2011
"Yes. If you've lost your mind, I'll kill you. Just me, and no one else. I'll take you to the place that no one leaves, and I'll take you there alone."
“What's the point of holding on if I can't save the ones that I can't afford to lose?”
“Oh, my dear, what she did to you, what you didn’t know she was doing, and how you fought! Like a lion you fought, never knowing the battle.” Lily sighed. “You were the last of her protections against roses and crossroads and all they meant, and when you failed her, she didn’t know what to do. My foolish princess who thought she’d be a shepherdess, if only she could make you a sheep.”
30/03/2016 Buddy read with the awesome UF addicts over at BB&B for our weekly October Daye fix :-)
“I choose the evil I know.” I turned to face her. “I can’t be a hero with no one to save, and I can’t run out on them just because I’m scared. I already walked away from this world once. I don’t get to go back.”
Toby’s life is one again upended by evil. Toby's friend Lily, an Undine, and Lady of the Tea Gardens, is sick, and no one knows what is wrong with her. Undine are not supposed to get sick. Ever. And Toby needs to find a way to save Lily and her subjects.
But things are made more difficult when the Queen of the Mists summon Toby to her court. Nothing the Queen does when it comes to Toby, are ever done without ulterior motives. And the Queen has never made her hate of Toby a secret.
Then more of Toby’s friends fall sick, and it seems that someone from her past is targeting those she cares for, laying the groundwork for her demise. And so Toby will have to face a evil from her past, and she has to face the truth of her blood, choosing once again in which world she belongs, before it’s too late.
There were so many things happening in this book. It’s difficult to find the words. I loved that finally we learn more of Toby’s past, about her mother, and about herself. I always thought there was more to the mere half-blood changeling she thought she was, and I was very happy to be right.
There were heartbreaking moments, which I’ve come to expect from this series. And I must say this one is the saddest one yet. My heart bled with the loss that occurred.
Once again Toby was surrounded by wonderful secondary characters, whom I’ve grown to love very much. The fact that they are always there for her, fearing with me for her life and the risks she must take, is always very comforting.
Faerie may not always have been the kindest place to live, but it was still my home. I owed it to Gillian, to May, to Dare, and Tybalt and January and all the others not to say that my life had been a mistake. Not when it had been so intertwined with theirs.
Toby is an amazing and flawed heroine, and I love her because of it. She’s not the most skilled or powerful character, but her courage and loyalty is what makes her such an extra-ordinary character. And by the end of this book, things really changed for Toby. And I can’t wait to see what will happen now.
My only complaint is the lack of romance in this series so far. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of teasing and hints here and there for a possible romance, but damn, it’s driving me insane. I NEED Tybalt and Toby to get together. NOW.
Sleeping Beauty didn’t prick her finger on a spinning wheel; she was shot by an angry sister who refused to live another day in her shadow.
I love the way this author writes and the world created continues to amaze me. With every book I learn more about the fae and the magic that goes along with them. It’s wonderful and mind-boggling.
This book was exactly the kind of greatness I’ve come to expect from this series. It was amazing and sad and just mind-blowing. I loved it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.