Darklight by Lesley Livingston

#38 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: HarperTeen
Country: United States of America
Publication Date: December 22, 2009
ISBN: 0061575402
Page Count: 320
Faerie can't lie . . . or can they?
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.
When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.
With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with wondrous strange.
Darklight is the thrilling second novel in Lesley Livingston's delightful Wondrous Strange trilogy. Continuing the adventures of Kelley and Sonny after defeating the Wild Host on Samhain, a whole new set of troubles await the two. Seperated by duty, both Kelley and Sonny feel their difference adding up and aren't sure if their love will survive it.

 Darklight begins in the same ways as Wondrous Strange with Kelley rehearsing at Theatre Avalon for the lead in one of Shakespeares plays, this time it is Romeo and Juliet. WS concluded with the opening night performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, effectively using book ending to contain the story. Opening with Romeo and Juliet returns the reader to the correct mindset, one where Faeries are as real as the play they perform in.

I noticed in Darklight, and in hindsight Wondrous Strange, both have shifting perspectives. The story is told in the third person but each chapter alternates between Kelley and Sonny giving the reader a broader understanding of events. It also allows for a better understanding of both Kelley and Sonny's personalities while keeping the tension taut.

Livingston introduces the Greenman, one of the earliest Faeries, older than any of the courts, and introduces his children: Leprecauns and glastigs. As an absentee character he is intruiging, and the source of his power, and his history, could have been elaborated on. The Greenman is a new outlet for magic, and unlike the Faeries, we don't know much about him. But when his magic becomes pawn in the battle for power, the reader would value more information.

Unfortunately Livingston seems to be keen on withholding information at this point in the story. The entire book continues without pinpointing a true villain; a useful, if not annoying, literary device. At times this exclusion of information seems contrived, just as the jealous love triangle between Kelley, Sonny and Fennrys seems unnatural and forced. Livingston has made such an effort to maintain the mystery and intense tension she has created a slightly corny and unrealistic environment.

What impressed me most was that despite her somewhat desperate attempt to force the characters into the roles she wanted, the story didn't suffer too much. It was, in part, due to reading to review that I noticed most of the flaws in the narrative. Largely the story is enchanting and difficult to put down, and when Livingston ends the book on a cliffhanger you find yourself questioning everything you know about Faeries.

Darklight is the second novel in the Wondrous Strange trilogy and Lesley Livingston's latest release, Tempesteous completes the trilogy.
Raiding Bookselves Rating
Judging by the Cover: Despite matching the cover for Wondrous Strange, the Daklight cover is somehow more mytical and enchanting. The colours make the cover model appear more confident and magical.


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