New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.
Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be.
Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae -- by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.
Saintcrow's urban fantasy series launch is expertly crafted with heartbreak and mistrust, far darker and lovelier than the title suggests. Widower Jeremiah Gallow a half-human, half-Sidhe former armormaster to the Sidhe queen of the Summer Court is living a carefully mortal life as a construction worker in our world. He's unaware of a plague sweeping through the Summer Sidhe, possibly sent by the lord of Unwinter. When Robin Ragged, also half-Sidhe, dodges an Unwinter knight and seeks shelter in a rundown bar, Jeremiah can't help but notice her, and her resemblance to his dead wife unexpectedly draws out his protective instincts. Robin, a rare Realmaker (someone who has the ability to make objects that have unfading enchantments), is the queen's chosen courier for the newly discovered plague cure. But when the queen takes Robin's adopted child as her new plaything, Robin bargains for the boy's life, setting off a chain of events that will bring about open war between the Summer and Unwinter courts. Saintcrow's artful, poignant descriptions remain with the reader long after the tale's end, as does the persistent sense of dark, unsettling unease.