Author: Carrie Jones
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town.
A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Nick isn’t buying it, though Zara isn’t as sure — despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it’s a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It’s her life — and his.
I really liked the direction that the series went with this book. With the arrival of Astley and another set of pixies, Zara and her friends and family are forced to confront their prejudices towards pixies. They’re also forced – particularly in Zara’s instance – to confront the choices they made when they imprisoned her father and his pixies in the house. Zara has an extremely hard time with this decision given her interest in Amnesty International and the letters she writes to free prisoners or treat them humanely all around the world. How can she reconcile that with the way she’s treating pixies in her own town?
Zara, Nick, and Astley have this weird sort of triangle thing going on. It’s not a love triangle, persay, but there is a battle of interests between the three of them when dealing with pixies. It’s also interesting to see the secondary characters, like Mrs. Nix and Devyn, play a bigger role in this book.
By the end of the book, I was clamboring to start reading the next one. I’d say that’s a sign of a job well done.