An American Fairie Tale, Book 2
Synopsis: Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame …
Dante, Regent of the fae’s Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren’t a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down.
Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by « the snatchers, » Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic—and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it.
Review: I really loved the first book and I was eager to read on to discover more about this world that the author had presented earlier. I think that I have a little less adhered to this new story, perhaps because we focus on other characters but that does not change the fact that I still had a good time with the novel. Indeed, while we followed Caitlin, Edward, Donovan and Dante in the previous volume, we are this time more focused on Dante’s history and a whole new character encountered here: Wraith.
I enjoyed Dante in the first volume, and it is true that it was a pleasure to have him here and learn more about him. As I said we alternatively follow the two characters but I was always more carried away when we were on his side of the story and I was curious to learn more. While this was less the case with Wraith, I took great pleasure in knowing and discovering this out of the ordinary girl. Indeed, she has some quite extraordinary abilities and the fact that she does not remember who she is, is very intriguing as well. I was very curious to know the reasons for her amnesia, she hides many secrets and I wanted to see what impact it would have on her life.
As explained in the summary, children disappear from all sides and Dante is determined to understand what is happening and if the fae are responsible. This story will take him further than he thought though. This will help us to discover the past of Wraith and to see Dante in action throughout the story and to realize what is happening with the children living in the streets. We will also have at the same time, the chance to see the characters of the first volume even if they remain set back and we meet some new players that I let you discover by yourself.
So I had a good time even if it is true that I preferred the first volume. We don’t have much action but it was interesting to find out more about Bishop O’Connell’s universe and I am curious to read up more again.