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Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
Things are going wrong, both in the human world and in the fey world. The magical barrier, the keleigh, is having unintended side effects and it will take all the power of all the fey to set things right.
No matter how good this book was, or could have been, it is tainted by the previous book, Duainfey. Even though there is no explicit sex, rape or group rape, I kept waiting for it to happen, as it was in the previous book for no good reason. That pretty much destroyed my enjoyment of this book.
One thing I figured out was that I also disliked these books so much because the 2 main characters, Meripen the fey and Rebecca the human, are both controlled by and act on, Fear. It defines who they are, what they think, how they react, how they plan [or don’t] for future events. It was very, very unpleasant. It wasn’t right up until the end of the book that they both got over it and became the kind of people I wanted to read about. Sadly, 20% of a second book isn’t nearly enough to redeem the previous 180%.
The ending seemed rather a cop out to me as well. A magical Deus Ex Machina. A completely selfless act by a whole group of people, who for thousands of years and up until this point, have exhibited nothing but selfishness and self-centeredness.
With that all being said, Lee and Miller once again do an excellent job of writing. I like their style of writing and I have to admit, I can’t tell who writes what, or how they divvy it up. That just makes it even better.