“Discovering that I could visit the place where my dreams occurred was one thing. Being told I could potentially bring my nightmares to life was something else entirely.”
After having been so completely and utterly captivated with Ms. Pang's first installment to the Abby Sinclair series, there was little doubt that I was more than ready for the adventure to begin again in the second. The madness and dream-like sequence quality of the scenes continues with a fast-pace and clever dialogue.
The characters both new and old are back to face the ultimate of show-downs with Abby in the heart of the storm prepared to swan-dive into the unknown for the good of her newfound family. In this she stays true to character while opening up more about her insecurities and the fear that has manifested its home in her Dreaming. Abby finds her scarred kindred spirit in her bodyguard Talivar who exposes his own vulnerabilities and together they form an attachment not based on pity, but sacrifice, loyalty, and perhaps something more. While Ion continues in all of his sexy, brooding glory and even manages a few unselfish sacrifices of his own. And of course not one to be outdone, Phin keeps his horn in everyone's business and even has a few secrets of his own. All around the characters have developed and matured since the first story, but still maintain a level of snarkiness and humor that we've all come to know and love.
There's a far more serious turn of events this go round and the author does a brilliant job mixing the pot with strong emotions and setting it to a boiling point. I found myself unexpectedly blinking back tears, frustrated to the point of anger, and laughing out loud to antics and dialogue you would have to read to believe. Such emotions brought on by a bold Abby and her uncommon family. Be prepared to hold on for a thrilling ride of an imagination gone wild and ripe with a plotline so unpredictable you won't want it to end. I am sitting on pins and needles to see what Ms. Pang has in store for our dear Abby next.
“To die would be an awfully great adventure.”
“On the other hand, dying for a set of principles that weren't mine seemed rather foolish.”
Just when her new life as a TouchStone - a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds - seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate's away.let's just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.
The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding eleven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen's magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she's making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.