ISBN #: 978-1439198346
Page Count: 400
Copyright: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
(Taken from back cover)
Just when her new life as a TouchStone - a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds - seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate's away ... let's just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen's magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she's making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.
This book begins pretty much where A Brush of Darkness left off. Abby's trying to recuperate from Brystion leaving her and from being injured during her stint inside a nightmarish painting. Once again, Moira has left Abby by herself. I'm not sure why Moira's even the Protectorate. It's been two books now and we barely know anything about her. I agree with Brystion's assessment that too much is often put upon Abby to figure out.
Talivar has begun expressing his interest in Abby and wants to court her. I don't like the thought of Talivar and Abby together. He just seems to be the rebound and we all know that never ends well for the rebound person. Having him interested in Abby does give a nice balance to Brystion's bad boy persona. If I was Abby, though, Talivar wouldn't have a chance. He seems just a little too needy and apt to smother her. Abby seems a little like me: independent and wants freedom to do what she wants when she wants. If Abby and Talivar do become a couple, he better man up and stop being so needy. I have a feeling that an emotionally smothered Abby will not be a happy Abby.
I liked that Abby, and we, learned more about her past, specifically dealing with her parents. In the first book, we knew her mother died but we didn't know anything about her father. Abby has more family connections in Faery than she realizes and the Queen is not happy about it. Of course, the Queen is going mentally insane so who knows how she really feels about anything.
The book ends on a huge cliffhanger (which annoyed me and made me happy all at the same time). Now I just HAVE to read the third book to see how this all comes out. Will Abby continue to be with Talivar or will she give in to her desires and hook back up with Brystion? What's going to happen to the person at the end of this book who did the most unexpected thing (if I told you who or what it was then it'd ruin the ending for you)? This series is definitely a must read for all you paranormal lovers out there!
*A paperback copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.