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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.
The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s détente without resistance.
Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known to do so. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds—operatives for the queen—her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone—or some fae—is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace.
In this gripping follow-up to Melissa Marr’s lush Seven Black Diamonds, Lily and her friends are forced to reckon with the truth of their own parentage and to protect one of their own, no matter what—or who—comes between them.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
“Fae or fae-bloods were attacking humans at an ever-increasing rate. Her father was on his way to see her. The police had been at her door, and Hector was arrested. This didn’t feel like the peace she’d bartered for, and Lily wasn’t sure what to do about any of it.”
This was a YA fantasy sequel about fae.
I liked Lily in this story, although she did come across a bit darker than in the first book. She was strong though, and tried to do what was right, especially when it came to making peace between fae and humans.
The storyline in this was about Lily trying to broker peace, whilst someone else was attacking humans and making things impossible. We also had the threat of Lily being named as heir openly, and a very shocking and unexpected death! The pace in this was once again quite slow though, and things didn’t really seem to get going until near the end of the book.
The ending to this was pretty action-packed, and was the best part of the book for me.
6.5 out of 10