Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

"I don't love Sonny Flannery."

That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.

But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.

Lesley Livingston’s ingenious imagination produced a creative and stunning conclusion to the Wondrous Strange trilogy. The action is almost immediate and the twists and turns keep you guessing about who can truly be trusted. Some of the Janus Guard (changelings trained to protect the mortal realm from violent rogue Fae) have become corrupted and are attacking Lost Fae trapped in the human realm. Sonny believes the lie Kelley told in her need to protect him, and hurt beyond imagining, seeking sanctuary with the Lost Fae where he meets many fae, who in the future will become allies. Kelley is determined to keep Sonny safe by sending him away because she is convinced that she is his weakness, but she longs to be in his arms again. Kelley seeks a way to keep the secret within Sonny hidden, even from himself. Auberon, her father, is still ill and coming ever closer to deaths door, and Kelley learns that her anger at him for stripping her Unseelie powers caused his susceptibility to the curse put upon him. And now her mother, Mabh, is weakening. As terrible events unfold, Kelley and Sonny make their way back to each other and despite the uneasiness between then, together they must find who is responsible for all of the destruction and attacks against Auberon and the Fae Courts. Betrayal comes from an unlikely source, someone that is close to both Kelley and Sonny. But in the end, he redeems himself by making a monumental sacrifice in order to save another.

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