House of Comarré author Kristen Painter weaves a tale of intrigue and betrayal, as the battle for New Orleans escalates in this second novel of the Crescent City series.
Mardi Gras approaches, bringing with it hordes of tourists eager to see the real-life Faery Queen holding court atop her festival float. When the Queen is kidnapped, it's up to Augustine, the fae-blooded Guardian of the city, to rescue her before time runs out.
But Augustine's mystifying protégée, Harlow, complicates the task by unintentionally aiding the forces of evil, drawing danger closer with each step. The Queen might not be the first to die. . .
Painter delivers on her promise of excitement and romance in the second installment of the Crescent City Series (after House of the Rising Sun). Computer whiz Harlow is trying to come to terms with her fae abilities and her attraction to playboy and New Orleans fae Guardian Augustine. Their romance tentatively creeps along in this otherwise stirring installment as they set out to solve the mystery of a young woman's kidnapping from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball, the biggest fae event of the year. Possible suspects are cunning witch sisters Zara and Gisselle, who want freedom from fae regulation, and the evil Branzino, Harlow's fae father. But the kidnappers aren't asking for money; they're asking for Augustine's life. Harlow struggles throughout with the emergence of new powers as well as an almost literal emptiness inside her that seems to be expanding: apt metaphors for a young woman finding herself. Painter takes this romp to unexpected places, with many, but not all, of Harlow's family secrets revealed.
This series is so amazing. It’s kind of bittersweet I only have one book left in it. There were so many surprises I would’ve never dreamed of waiting in the house Harlow and Augustine share. Lally is full of surprises herself. It’s 4am and I want to start the last book now but have to sleep. This will for sure keep you up all night. I haven’t read the Camarre series but have a few of them and the audiobooks. That’s on my list next. This one makes so much sense so if you want to dig into it first you can. However, the Crescent City needs to be read in order.
This narrator is one of the best I’ve listened to. He can do so many voices, male and female. And Augustine is to die for with his accent.