Creepy Hallow: Faerie Prince, The by Rachel Morgan – Book two
Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find–and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.1
Sometimes when you start a series it becomes obvious the route in which the author plans on taking with certain characters. Although this isn’t entirely a bad thing, sometimes it goes against what we would like as the reader. From the beginning we suspect that Violet and Nate will have some epic faerie romance with adventures, facing all odds as the world is against them. When Nate goes and breaks Violet’s heart we aren’t sure how we feel about Nate. On one hand we hate him, on the other we are all waiting for something else, it couldn’t simply just end like this; and yet the fear of them getting back together is a good possibility, leaving us expecting something to pop up around every corner.
Ryn is the annoying jerk faerie who has had a feud with Violet since they were little. As the story progresses we learn more about their relationship and how things got the way they were. Ryn is cocky and possibly a bit shady, but we were all secretly hoping that something would happen between him and Violet. This would; however, put a wrench in any plans or future with Nate, but Morgan has her ways around this I’m sure.
Violet is struggling with her strange feelings towards Ryn while trying to focus on graduating top of her class. The only thing that could ruin her chances is the exact thing that happens, getting paired with Ryn for their final assignment. Although most trainee’s go to exotic locations on exciting adventures for their final assignment, Ryn and Violet are placed close to home in the human realm. While trying to survey the house and property, they meet the odd Mr.Hart who throws off any original plans they had in completing their mission.
Mysterious magic and a tangled web of enemies draws us deeper into the fae realm. The most monumental moment in Violets life pales in comparison to the events leading to the next book, The Faerie War.
I’m still enjoying the series while sitting on the bleachers for team Ryn, rather than team Nate. My writer instincts are telling me that Morgan has plans to reverse this in the coming books and I am just waiting for the hat to fall. It’s odd doing reviews for books in detail when you listen to the audiobook, rather than read the book. The most notable difficulty would be the minute details such as spelling. Thankfully a few simple google searches are able to help rectify the situation, but seeing and hearing can sometimes skew your perception; especially depending on the readers pronunciation. I’m becoming a bit impatient with the series, despite my knowledge that it is a full series. I prefer trilogies to get my fill quickly like most, but lets be honest, once the books are over we are sad they went by so quickly. Stay tuned for The Faerie War review.
- Book summary courtesy of Rachel Morgan book page