Welcome back fellow readers!
It's time for post number three in relation to the Wicked Lovely reading challenge currently running here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. Yes, that's right! Three down....one to go (and may I say it's going along swimmingly)! My deadline is in sight so with any luck I should have no problem accomplishing this last task just in time to announce the winning entry in the Radiant Shadows contest. What's that? You haven't entered to win? Tisk, tisk. Well, if you would still like a chance, just check out the right hand sidebar for more details....in the mean time, on with the show!
For those of you that have not read the series at this time, there is the chance that the following contains a few slight spoilers. I tried to keep them at a minimum but be forewarned. Ahem...now on to the fun! The focus of today's post is of course on book number three in the series I am currently reading my way through...and it's a doozy to say the least. May I present, the book choice for today....
A war is brewing in the land of Faerie or rather Bananach the War faery is gunning for a war to be started. Sooner or later she assures, the blood will fall on more than the battlefields of her illusions and when it does, her reign shall begin. What is the war over you may ask? When dealing with the four courts of Faerie, almost anything is possible.
It could be the unfinished business between the Summer King and Winter Queen (Donia, former wanna-be Summer Queen turned Winter Girl, now turned Winter Queen with a tendency to violent outbursts of the usual "cold shoulder" when hindered....if you haven't read the preceding books, I suggest thee read them now...) or perhaps the unspoken love between him and his recently found Summer Queen (Aislinn...mortal turned faery...a Queen no less, yet still holding on to her mortal ties...stubbornly, but love is blind). Maybe it's the discord between the Dark Court's new leader, Niall (former Dark Court faery turned Summer Court guard, now Dark Court leader) and the Summer King for letting his mortal love slip away. Then again....maybe it only partially has to do with the faery world.
Perhaps the threat of war hinges on the decisions of someone outside of Faerie...someone that "walks between the courts", can whisper in one ear, turn the head of another and be defended as a brother to the death by a third still. Someone that seeks to keep constant company with the Summer Queen, be there to hold her hand in times of light and darkness...yet currently lacks the strength physically to do so. Someone like her mortal boyfriend Seth that would do anything to stay by the side of the one he loves.....ANYTHING. Ladies and gents, we are about to find out the true extent of that love and devotion....which might just leave our Summer Queen with one unanswered question....to whom does her heart truly belong? (dun...dun....dun......)
The time has come, the time has come! The big decision looms in the air before us like a tangible dream....will Seth stay with Aislinn? Will Aislinn turn to Keenan seeking the forever love promised by their courtly union? (Will Erica Kane finally get that Osc.....wait a minute, I believe I got off track there for a sec...) If it sounds a bit like a soap opera, well it does tend that way plot wise in some areas of this book, but only in the best ways, I assure you. The pressures are there, the tension mounts, and BOOM! Fireworks galore...sort of. We find our young (some younger than others being mortal and all) friends in something of a potential love triangle or rather square, once again. Keenan loves Donia, but would also gladly forsake her for Aislinn's love if only she would consent. Aislinn loves Seth but feels an intense draw to Keenan. Donia loves Keenan but will not stand for only having part of his heart while Aislinn holds the rest. Seth loves Aislinn but feels her slipping away more and more everyday. What's a girl, or for that matter a guy, to do? Well, speaking from a reader's point of view...get lost in the magic of it all!
If you've read the books, you know a bit about the characters by now. If you had to pick one suitor, one match, for Aislinn to be with for all time, WHO would you pick and WHY? The comments are open as always....
Until next time....happy reading!