Living Within the Pages – Book Review #15

31 01 2011

Title: Tempestuous

Author: Lesley Livingston

Series: Wondrous Strange trilogy (#3)

Amazon Rating: 4.5

Goodreads Rating: 4.10

Alex’s Rating: 3.75

Kelley Winslow did it. She, a Faerie princess, managed a lie…and the cruelest one at that. In her hopes of driving Sonny away while she searched for those who sought to do him and his hidden magick harm, Kelley made him believe she did not love him. In his upset daze, Sonny manages to be welcomed into a Lost Fae sanctuary where he finds the magic of the Fae world underground and unlikely allies in a battle that comes from the most unlikely of enemies.

The once trused Janus Guards Sonny so loyally fought with have gone rogue. The few that could be coerced and invited into the power hungry group. Mix these jaded fighters with corrupt monarchs and another being holding quite the grudge, and you get the stormy fight scenes and intense action that sets Tempestuous apart from its milder predecessors.

Kelley must not only fight for herself, Sonny, and their relationship. She must take on and harness all of her mother’s power and save her parents, the Lost Fae, and the mortal world from a Faerie infestation unlike all others. Paired with the gallantry of the Lost, the few Janus who hadn’t gone rogue, and her parents (yes, her biological mother and father), Kelley and Co. flit, fly, ride, stab, transform, and outrun their enemies in this final installment.

The action ante was upped and the stakes were much higher this time around, however I felt the ending was a bit too cookie cutter and everything fell into a place where I wasn’t quite looking (that could be a good and a bad thing).

The re-awakening of an ancient magic originally done out of misguided love, the power of the High Fae, and the corruptibility of one man with vengeance on his mind made this an interesting read, but not my favorite. The discovery of a betrayal at the end and the subsequent heroism of the character later seemed a bit unrealistic, but seemed like it had to be there for the ending to fall into place the way it did.

The first book, Wondrous Strange, still holds the most magick for me. While this is a wonderful series and the ending was as happily ever after as it could get with the losses endured along the way, I still didn’t connect with the sequence the way I did with the first book.

It is still a world woven with love, fantasy, and intrigue, and well worth the read. I love how Livingston weaves Shakespearean themes and lines into the spells and enchantments Kelley and the other magickal creatures in her world put to use. The words of Ariel and Prospero from The Tempest flow through this book just as seamlessly as the famous bard’s plays flow through the first two novels.

And by the end, we see Kelley grow into the princess she was born to be and her love flourish with Sonny the changeling that captured our hearts from the beginning. That in itself was magickal.