Major spoilers to be had. This is book three in the series, please refer to The Faerie Guardian and The Faerie Prince prior to reading this review to avoid any unwanted spoilers.
You have been warned.
Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world. As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?1
Violet has brought destruction right into the heart of creepy hollow. Not only is her Guild destroyed, but so are many of the other guilds. Her home, her friend’s homes have been destroyed. Worst of all, people have died. Her friends have died and its all her fault. The pain and knowledge that she was the cause of it all is too much for her to bare. In the ruins of her home she finds the little bottle with the word “Forget” on it. The little bottle that could have saved everything is now her only saviour. Utterly alone, she pours the contents of the bottle down her throat and forgets.
Violet wakes up underground in a community of Reptacilla with only the memory of her name, and broken useless pieces of information. She does not remember how to be a guardian but it is clear she was a very good one before everything happened. Using her skills she helps the reptacilla community and works towards finding others who aren’t brainwashed by the evil Lord Draven to fight against him. Draven has brainwashed and turned guardians and fae against each other, and even against their own kind. The few survivors must band together to survive and put aside their differences and prior prejudices.
A mysterious prophecy may hold the key to Draven’s destruction, but in order complete the prophecy Violet must remember her special ability to be able to use it, without it could mean the end of everything. Will Violet be able to remember who she is in time to save everyone? and even if she does, will it be enough?
I went into this book assuming that it was nothing more than another place marker in the Creepy Hollow journey. Now that it is over I realize that the last two books in the series are not continuations directly, but instead a jump on the same story and environment we have come to know and enjoy, but from a different characters perspective. The final two books, The Faerie’s Secret and A Faerie’s Revenge are from the perspective of Calla, Rynn’s younger half sister who happens to have a rather unique ability. These should be fun journey’s but unfortunately are not available as audiobooks through my Hoopla app so I will have to hunt these down or complete them via paper or e-book.
Getting back to the story, for those who have read the series or the first two books, am I not the only one who feared that Violet would use the forget potion and suddenly find Nate and would fall in love or something crazy. He could have easily convinced her of some things and became some bewildering evil faerie lord along side him. Not that that is her personality but it would have spiced things up (or screwed things up) for us.
There are also a few scenes that are most likely filler scenes, but stick to the story enough that they don’t seem that way. There are two whole new worlds discovered and introduced to the story, but as very minor subjects and gone in a flash. These could be two interesting additions to the series to touch on if I were Rachel Morgan.
I would also like to touch on Filigree. Filigree is Violet’s very amazing shape shifter pet. This character is completely downplayed and how cool this character could have been was greatly overshadowed and downplayed making it a very minor character. We only know Filigree’s name and a few of the things it is able to turn into. I don’t think the sex of Filigree is even mentioned. Perhaps it was, but this just proves my point that if it had more of a major role then we would know the answer to this right away. The fact that it cannot talk helps the story but not taking away too much, but the fact that Filigree is very smart, but makes no attempts at communication through actions other than starring but a bit annoying. I’d also like to point out that even before Violet took a potion to forget everything, she forgot about Filigree and abandoned it. And even when she does get him back, she does it again for a second time. Sigh…
Lastly before I go on ranting forever there is something I would like to touch on without going into too much detail and ruining it for others. There is emphasis placed on a chain around Draven’s neck which I am fairly certain what is hanging from that chain. If my assumption is correct it confuses the story and could either lead to a possible comeback, or just a complete slip in the storyline… This detail distracted me enough that I was on edge towards the end waiting for something that eventually never happened.
Without knowing that this period of the story was over I’m not disappointed, I’m rather looking forward to the next two books and Calla’s adventure’s but I am hopeful that a few things mentioned in the first three books are explained in the final two. The series is not something that I loved or would rant and rave about, but it was entertaining for what it was. There are many great characters and amazing details throughout the story that were like finding little gems. These gems though were not polished to the gleaming specimens that they could have and for that I’m a little disappointed at how much more potential the series had that wasn’t delivered.
1. Book summary courtesy of Rachel Morgan’s webpage.