The mesmerizing conclusion to the Night and Nothing series—a blending of Scottish fairy tale and modern magic that is part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Alice in Wonderland—finds Finn fighting against the land of the dead.
When her beloved Jack disappears, Finn vows to find him—even if it means a daring odyssey into the land of the dead. But saving Jack comes at a terrible price: a dangerous fissure has opened, giving the dead access to the true world.
The lines between worlds are more blurred than ever. Finn’s sister, Lily, recently returned from the Ghostlands, seems to bear no scars from her time there. But then their friend Moth returns from Sombrus, the magical house once owned by Seth Lot, bearing shocking news. Something evil—a fearsome creature bearing a striking resemblance to Jack—has escaped Sombrus and is now stalking Fair Hollow, killing everyone it encounters, transforming them into terrifying Jacks and Jills and recruiting the Unseelie.
It will not stop until it gets what it wants . . .
This contemporary fantasy, which concludes Harbour's Night and Nothing trilogy (after Thorn Jack and Briar Queen), feels overly familiar. College student Serafina "Finn" Sullivan brought her sister, Lily, out of the underworld, but at a terrible price. Finn's lover, Jack, took Lily's place there, and in short, kaleidoscopic chapters, Finn fails at several successive distasteful rituals that might let her rescue him. With the help of eerie Caliban, Finn learns that Jack has become a Fata (fairy) creature, living off mortal energy and wreaking havoc on Fair Hollow, where Finn and her many adolescent friends, her family, and her professors live. "Normal" adults can't see the Fatas, so the youngsters have to save the human world. Before a predictably violent and spooky conclusion, mythic elements from disparate folkloric traditions swarm through this inflated narrative. The story is full of exciting moments and has a hectic pace, but it suffers from a too-large cast. Shape-shifting buildings, Fatas that influence humans through scathing nightmares, and an interminable procession of weird, crimson-eyed, needle-toothed entities can't atone for jarring dialogue ("Stand still or I'll bash your girl's brains in") and the confusing similarities of some characters' names in this inflated foray into the uncanny.
I loved how all the loose ends were tied up. Could not put it down. Very entertaining and will miss these characters.