Even though I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it quite as much as the first one in the series.
I still liked the pretty, flowery writing, and even though I didn’t find it to be a struggle in Book 1, it was even easier to understand this time because I already knew what all the specific fae things were (e.g. the different creatures, the fae objects, etc.).
I also still liked Jeremiah. I liked his roughness, but I also liked his humor. A lot of people find these books to be really dark, but honestly, I don’t feel like they’re particularly dark. Maybe it’s just because I read a lot of dark books and have become desensitized to it, but I actually found this book, much like the first, to have some humor. It wasn’t a laugh-out-loud type of book, and maybe it’s not the type of humor the whole trailer park theme suggests, but I had some chuckles, and that was mostly due to Jeremiah and his POV. He has this very dry humor and sarcasm, and I guess it just clicks with me.
I also really liked a new character, Crenn, and his relationship with Jeremiah. He was so interesting to me, and I really wanted to know more about him. Plus I love those types of complicated relationships in which two people used to be the closest of friends but then something happened and now they’re enemies, except some part of them still cares about each other because of that strong bond they once had. I’m still not quite sure exactly what led to the terrible event that happened or why Crenn blamed Jeremiah, but I’ll be really happy if I get to see more of their ex-friendship in the next book.
Robin, however, was again a hard character for me to connect with. I loved that she was such a fighter and never gave up, but she was just so serious all the time. I understand why, but it still makes it hard to connect.
The main problem I had though was that the plot seemed kind of repetitive. It was really just Robin and Jeremiah running from the cruel faeries who were hunting them. I don’t think the book really had a goal other than “don’t get caught.”
So overall, even though I found the plot a bit lacking, I still found the characters interesting and enjoyed the book, and I definitely look forward to the next one!
Fans of Book 1 in Lilith Saintcrow's Gallow and Ragged series. Anyone who likes flowery, lyrical writing, the cruel side of faeries, and gritty, flawed characters.