Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Fairwick Chronicles
Source: eGalley from Edelweiss for Review
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the third and final book in the Fairwick Chronicles. This is a beautifully written paranormal series about a woman who moves to a small town and ends up embroiled in a battle to save Fairie.
There are spoilers ahead from the second book, so just be warned.
In the previous book Callie McFay failed to stop the last door to Fairie from closing and suffered when her incubus lover died. To complicate things the evil nephilim have moved in and starting taking over the college that Callie teaches in and taking over the town of Fairwick. Callie has had mysterious dreams that point at their being one more door to Faerie somewhere. Callie has to figure out where this last door to Faerie is before the Fey of Fairwick start to die. Callie also has to figure out how to defeat and drive out the nephilim before they destroy everything about Fairwick that Callie holds dear.
This book is just absolutely beautifully written and ties up the series nicely. This is a wonderful story about fey and time travel in a small country town. I have really loved this series. I love the beautiful settings and sensual writing.
Callie has come a long way from who she was in the first book. She is still learning how to use her powers as a witch though. In this book she goes on a long self-exploratory journey to find the last door to Fairie. Then she goes on a long journey through time to find something called The Angel Stone, that is rumored to be able to defeat the nephilim.
The writing is beautiful and I love the wonderful small town setting. There is a lot of mythology tied into this story. The faerie tale explored in the most depth is that of Tam Lin.
In each book we have meet an aspect of Callie’s demon lover. In the first book it was that of the demon lover/incubus Liam, in the second it was that of Bill the handyman that was the incubus broken down by love, and this book we meet yet another aspect of this man/fey.
My only main complaint about his book was that the ending felt very rushed. I would have liked an epilogue showing how Callie ended up continuing on or something like that. There was just a lot that happened quickly and it left me feeling a bit unsatisfied with how everything ended. Don’t get me wrong everything is tied up nicely, it is just kind of abrupt. I wish we had had a little time to bask in Callie’s successes.
Overall this has been an absolutely magical and beautiful series. I have really really enjoyed it and definitely plan on checking future books by this author. Juliet Dark also writes under the name Carol Goodman and has a young adult novel called Blythwood coming out shortly that I definitely want to read. This series is highly recommended to those who enjoy magical descriptions and magic, also to those who enjoy faerie based paranormal books.