Expected publication: May 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
269 pages |
From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
Book Review: 1/2
~ A kind thank you to Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with a copy of City of Fae
in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley ~
I have been blessed by the book Gods. They have taken it upon themselves to brighten my day and expand my love of intricate worlds and deeply rich characters. Or maybe I should just be thankful that Pippa DaCosta has written such a novel as City of Fae because this one is definitely going to be hard to live up to.
Lets begin with the world. The Fae exist and they had a lovely coming out party during 74. Of course they’d been in the human realm prior to that, hidden underground, but integrating with humans is always such a hoot and nothing could ever possibly go wrong. Especially when in order for the Fae to survive they need to continue to consume draiocht; the aura of energy all living things exude..aka the humans. But it’s okay because the Fae are under strict laws and all humans know about the possibility of becoming bespelled (falling hopelessly in love with a Fae…you can’t help it. No really you can’t. And it never ends well.). The Fae are ruled by their queen, who was been trapped underground for centuries. The four keepers power keep her locked in her prison, but as they begin to end up dead her prison cell starts to crack and soon she’ll consume the world.
Alina was a fantastic and incredibly interesting main character. It did take about three chapters to get used to her and the storyline but then all of this craziness ensues and you just find yourself flipping those pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next. She’s witty, sarcastic, head strong, but what I like most about her is that her actions are fully and completely justified. She also isn’t a love sick puppy, which is always a bonus. No lady whining in this one. Thank you again book Gods/DaCosta.
I want to unravel the plot for you because it just kept on surprising me! I didn’t predict anything that really happened in this one. I thought I was just casually reading along, finding information about this Fae that is on the run from authorities thinking ‘well he’s going to bring Alinta into his world and thats why she’ll be in danger’…you know classic NA stuff. BUT NO!! Mystery, mystery, mystery. Alinta isn’t who she appears to be and who she actually is is so rather fan freaking-tastic that I was telling everyone who would listen (or appeared to be listening) about this plot twist.
I thought the draiocht was really interesting, and I think it brought the world into a really complex domain. I liked how the Fae weren’t just ‘darkly fairy-like’ but that there were different versions each with their own creature like resemblance. It reminded me of the TV show Lost Girl in this regard.
The romance is smouldering hot, but incredibly complex. There is nothing better than lovers that can’t be together (even though that sounds sadistic and that i’m crashing on love, i’m not) because it makes for a really good read. Especially when you end up feeling so much for each character and their love story just keeps you guessing.
I highly recommend this NA novel. There is swearing, so be warned about that, but other than that it is just a quick interesting world with a twist on an old favourite that will keep you on the edge of your seat.