“Error? I’ve been working in my capacity as procurement manager for over eighty years, and I have never once made an error in my staff requirement calculations.”
“That makes today an interesting day for you then.”
Author: Emma Newman
Rating: Exceeded my Expectations
Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William – a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both.
Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency – a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules – and none of them favourable to Society.
Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer – something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.
Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Generally, second books in a trilogy tend be be rather dull (think the Empire Strikes back). Not so with this book. The Fae lords are up to something. Well Lord Iris is, and Lord Poppy is looking for anything he can hold over Lord Iris. Lord Iris is moving William into a high societal position. It is not clear for what purpose he is doing this.
I have to say that I didn’t really like William in this book. He’s too craven for my liking. He knows Cat didn’t want to marry him. Rather than earn her trust so that they could eventually have normal marital relations; he drugs her under the orders of Lord Iris because Lord Iris insists that Catherine have a child by a certain period. I thought William should have asked the head of his house to lift the curse on Cat so that she can touch other men besides males of his own family. That really was something that should have been disclosed prior to the marriage. Then there is the whole infidelity thing. Talk about taking a serpent into the bosom. Has it never crossed any man’s mind that a woman might be using physical charms for power? Apparently not. I think this guy deserves whatever happens to him.
As much as I disliked Lord Poppy, he’s extraordinarily charming once you’ve been introduced to Lord Iris. Man Lord Iris is extraordinarily cold and calculating. I got the impression that Lord Poppy did actually like Cat. Lord Iris sees the members of the Iris family as tools to be used and discarded.
With both of the supernatural elements in this series, I was a little bit perturbed to discover that there is yet another power. Remember how faeries don’t like iron. So there is a Lord Iron.
Anyway, this is shaping up to be a world class fight for the last book in the trilogy. I don’t know how the author is going to tie off all the loose ends unless she makes the last book really long.
**Smiles in ecstasy at the thought.**
The last book comes out next month!!!