Disclaimer: As a review of the third book in a series, this review is bound to be a little spoilery. Therefore, if you haven’t read The Faerie Guardian and The Faerie Prince yet, I would HIGHLY recommend running to get them, reading them, and then reading this review. 😉
I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk as of late. Everything I’ve read has been a bit of a letdown. Then I picked up The Iron Traitor (epic awesome from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series) and The Faerie War from Rachel Morgan’s incredible Creepy Hollow series. All in one week. Funk is officially lifted.
<flailing, fangirling, and epic OMGoshing!!!>This book was SOOOOOOOO good! </ flailing, fangirling, and epic OMGoshing!!!> Ok, so that might happen again later, be warned. In all seriousness though, this series, and this book in particular, is amazing. I’m going to be brutally honest here and say that I’ve grown a little gun shy with self-pub/indie pub authors because the quality tends to be a little questionable; however, this Rachel Morgan character…she’s the real deal. She is crazy talented, and her attention to detail puts others…ahem who shall remain nameless…to shame. Anyway, as far as a final chapter for Violet and Ryn, The Faerie War = perfection.
So, on to the details. This world…love it! After a week in two different Faerielands, I thought I’d seen it all. I thought I knew how the world of Creepy Hollow worked. I thought the rules were all established. Yet, Morgan continues to build and build, revealing her world so “effortlessly.” She simply draws the reader in until the very last word…and beyond. I confess to perhaps daydreaming a bit about this stunning world long after reading the last pages…for the fifth time. Totally not ashamed.
The details of the plot and the slow build of intensity in each book and the series as a whole were absolutely exquisite. I love a story that consumes me and keeps me guessing, and this totally delivered. The conclusion was incredibly fulfilling and totally the dramatic finale for these much-loved characters.
Speaking of characters, I have to give some love to these incredible friends.
Violet. I love what Morgan has done with Vi over the course of this series. Vi has grown into a character who can truly know herself and be true to that self. As you know, at the end The Faerie Prince, Violet makes a rather startling decision to take the “Forget” potion. She awakes knowing only the very basics of whom and what she is. She deals with the ramifications of this decision throughout most of The Faerie War and really gets a good look at herself, and for the first time, sees the difference between whom she is and who she wants to be. It was rather inspiring and at the same time gut wrenching to watch Violet struggle with these repercussions. She is still the same strong, kick butt, quick witted, awesomesauce heroine, but she is also a bit lost and rather vulnerable which was sort of refreshing.
Ryn. I love this boy/man…man/boy…I don’t know…this guy. He is charmingly cocky, meaning he knows he’s full of crap when he acts like he’s full of himself and that just makes me smile. He’s the sort of guy that just makes you want to grin all the time, whether he’s be sweet or being cocky or being totally goofy. I love it. He grows up a lot too. His reaction to Violet having chosen to take the “Forget” potion is totally what I would have expected from him…and that’s all I’m saying. 😉
Nate. That guy…all I’ll say is I’m happy with the results there. =)
Newbies. There are also some new characters introduced that I fell totally and completely in love with, but I’m not going to spoil your fun by telling you about them. Just know that this is not a two person show, there are other wonderful characters that fill this world with epic awesome and make for a seriously fulfilling ride.
To sum up, The Faerie War is everything I hoped for and more. Irresistibly romantic, incredibly action packed, with characters that drive a deliciously intricate plot, The Faerie War leaves you satisfied yet craving more. Totally favorite shelf worthy!