The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.
Choose your player.
The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.
For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.
Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?
Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.
Oh my god THIS WAS DUCKING PERFECT
Arlo, Nos, Vehan, Aurelian . . . I’m so ducking in love with them it’s not even funny🥺😭
Now the real question is: When’s 2022?
also plz kill a certain individual who starts with an ‘R’
Because I really, really, really need the next book right now. This is 100% definitely better than both The Cruel Prince and City of Bones in my opinion.
I don’t mean to hype this book too much because the hype can sometimes kill a book BUT SERIOUSLY I LOVE THIS SO MUCH I WOULD DIE FOR THESE GUYS😭 which I definitely was not expecting going into this.
Thank you Ashley for making me feel like this. Now—if any of them are killed, I will be left destroyed.😃
In this world, Fae and faeries also live in the human world, while of course, not allowing the humans to discover that magical creatures do in fact exist. (glamour is truly amazing😌)
While the Seelie Court’s base is in Nevada—run by their only Queen Riadne, the Unseelie Court are the ones who have true power, living in good ol’ Toronto, with their High King Azurean.
The way Ashley created this world . . . it leaves me in awe🥺. I love most how this takes place in modern day with Fae
heyy that rhymed AND IN TORONTOOOO😭 (and Nevada) All those mentions made me so happy. I actually knew exactly how the scenes looked like whenever they took place ahhhh the feeling is so nice.
I’m so very much in love with everything in this book, but mostly (as I’ve probably mentioned a million times by now) with THE CHARACTERS–
“What if I don’t want to be a hero?”
From the moment I met Arlo Jarsdel, I fell in love with her.
But from the moment I found out that she was a manga/anime fan—
I knew right then and there, I’d lay down my life for this girl.
it sounds ridiculous BUT SHE LOVES ANIME SO IDC
I love her and I will not never stop saying how much I love her because this girl is amazing and deserves the world and the respect that some of these idiots cant give.👿 They’re all just JEALOUS they cant be an ironborn half-fae, half-human haha suckersss.
Anyways, Arlo is definitely the quiet and reserved type around others, but with those she loves (like my sweet Celadon & Arlo) . . . let’s just say that she’s very fierce and annoyingly persistent when she wants something.😏
“One hundred and sixteen years ago, eleven people learned the answer to that question, Vehan Lysterne.
Nausicaä Kraken (aka Nos)—the chaotic and very sarcastic lesbian that loves to wreak havoc. Literally from page 3 when she told the others half while facing her trial . . . to say that I started to worship this girl is definitely an understatement. Muahahhaha I love a girl who says exactly what’s on their mind without a care in the world. And she definitely hates socializing
like every introvert . . . except with maybe Arlo of course hehe.
The way she tries to make people think less of her🥺 no no no Nos is not fooling anyone behind this act, especially not Arlo . All that hurt is too much for one to carry alone and I can’t wait to see that healing in the next book😭
(gorgeous art by @viria94)
“It eats at me, because feeling that?
That soul-crushing hopelessness that drowns everything else inside you and tells you you’re totally and completely alone, that you’re nothing but a tool, a means to an end, a burden, and no one will really miss you when you’re gone?
I know exactly what that’s like.”
ohmygod TELL ME THAT DOESN’T WANT TO MAKE YOU CRY???😭 VEHAN, MY PRECIOUS BISEXUAL CINNAMON ROLL, WHO MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS, especially from certain MONSTERS.
I want to MURDER the person who made him feel that way and I know EXACTLY who I should be targeting.👿
Aghh you see what I mean? How can I choose a favourite when they all make me feel like this?!?! I demand that Ashley be sued for the too many feels.🥺
Vehan is too precious and as the prince of Seelie, all he wants to do is protect others and be a future king everyone can rely on. He loves too much . . . especially a certain dark haired, golden eyed person.
I am very very sad and especially after that ending, I fear for my life because what’s going to happen omgggg that ducking shouldn’t happen. Over my dead body . I want to cry 😦
wow do i sound crazy
And lastly there’s Aurelian Bessel—everyone’s brooding and dramatic gay druid boy who pretends to not care at all about *ahem* a blue-eyed someone. Oh Aurelian, you’re not fooling anyone, except maybe that person.😥 This guy . . . he acts all grump and uncaring, but to find out the truth about the why behind it and know it’s because of that MONSTER…
I’m not being dramatic when I say that DEATH MUST COME FOR THAT MONSTER next book OR ELSE—
Now I love those 4, but I have to say that Celadon Viridian was my favouritee💕 I wish he was a main character too because I’m so hopelessly in love with him. He is the sweetest and most caring cousin to Arlo. I really hope Ashley isn’t planning his death or anything . . . because I will be destroyed beyond repair😓
Also, is it weird to say that I actually just adore one of the villains. (at least I’m pretty sure he’s a villain?) His plans are a little unclear and he’s protecting Arlo sooooo confusion
If he’s evil and all, well I still love him because he’s definitely a really cool villain😏
uh oh pretty soon im gonna be rooting for him too smh
“There’s a reason why the Lord of Death himself went out of his way to restrain me.”
yup, there’s definitely something wrong with me
As you can see, I’m very much in love with practically all the characters in this book (except for that retched monster ofc). Ahhh the one regret I have is reading this now, because now I have to wait until 2022 for the next book cries
Bottom line: Once you read this, there’s no going back >:)
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Eternally grateful to Simon & Schuster Canada for bestowing upon me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date.
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Also, there’s an INTERNATIONAL pre-order campaign going on right now that runs on until Feb.22, 2021 for these beautiful character cards, etc!!!
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