All That Glows author Ryan Graudin returns with the fantasy novel's sequel, rife with intense romance and riveting action. As this alluring mortal-prince-meets-immortal-fairy love story continues, this urban London tale serves up irresistible chemistry and adventure. In this second book, Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, has sacrificed her powers to be with her soul mate, King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But as a strange, dark magic threatens all, Emrys must make the most difficult decision of her life.
The worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. As Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen's court and London's lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.
When a prisoner possessing dark magic breaks out of Queen Titania's labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must question the strength of true love's binds. Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard's life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
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loved the world building and setting with new royals and magical and fae elements
The second in this series, yet the first I have read, this story starts with a bang and drew me right into the story without hesitation. I loved the world building and setting with new royals and magical and fae elements both unique and fantastical.
The two realms are unified, as we follow Emrys, a once-fae woman in love with the human King. She has renounced her faerie powers for love: but it is never that simple. She’s struggling with court politics, questions of where she fits in and even the reality that her own Fae Queen, Titania, is not pleased with her decision. When you add those elements, you understand just what she gave up, and why she struggles with not reclaiming her powers and turning her back on the humans she knows and loves. Only Annabelle is truly accepting of her and her former fae heritage, so poor Emrys has plenty of things to fret over. Despite it all, her love for Richard is all-consuming, even when she is faced with other options and Richard consumed with his kingly duties.
And the action comes hard and fast: a secret fae prison is in the labrynth, and Richard is constantly in danger from it and those who would prefer the fae and human worlds do not unite. His task is all-consuming, leaving Emrys alone and wondering, and then he is kidnapped, and Emrys is torn between her need to solve problems, find Richard and decide if she really has what she wants.
A bit slow on the start: Emrys’ insecurities are at the forefront early on, but solidly portrayed and displayed making it easier for readers to empathize. Richard is understandably distracted, although I don’t believe his feelings for her ever wavered, he just wasn’t the best at multitasking (and there are few men who are). Elements of magic, history and even some legend mix in, with descriptive prose, tension and a nice blend of emotion mix with the twists and turns as Graudin shows our ex-fae as all too human. I enjoyed this story, with a clever ending, imagery and history, and believe those who enjoyed the first book will love this one as well.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.