Released: December 22nd, 2009
Much has changed since autumn, and now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself. When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom... or tear them apart.
I'm a big fan of Livingston's first book in this series, so I was really looking forward to Darklight. It didn't captivate me as much as Wondrous Strange did, though to be fair, it did have quite a lot to live up to.
Sonny was my favourite character in Wondrous Strange, but he really annoyed me in Darklight. He suddenly turned into a jealous idiot, and made me question whether he really should be with Kelley. I didn't pick up on their initial romantic spark and, frankly, some of their interactions seemed forced. Fenn more than made up for Sonny's strange change, and by the end of the book, I was hoping Kelley would open her eyes and see Fenn's appeal.
One thing I always love about Livingston's world is the mixture of characters. Faeries, sprites, leprechauns and ogres are just some of the creatures who turn up in Darklight, and each one is magical and fascinating. Sadly, my favourite little ankle-licking garden gnome didn't make an appearance, though I'm hoping he pops up in book three.
Darklight's ending really redeemed the previous 250 pages, and I'm genuinely excited to see what happens in the final book in the series. I think there could be an epic faerie battle, a death or two and hopefully some Kelley/Fenn lovin'. I feel quite bad switching sides, but, well... Sonny was like a shadow of his Wondrous Strange self. Saying that, at least he still remembered how to kick some faerie ass!