Bast’s latest Dark Magick novel is an intriguing look at right and wrong, life and death. However, it mostly focuses on the pieces Elizabeth holds, making it hard to really pull the reader in to the story overall. The dynamic between Elizabeth and Niall makes for an interesting read, however.
Elizabeth holds the pieces that keep up the walls around the fae. Niall believes she is selfish for holding them and not letting the fae go free, but it’s not as simple as that. Elizabeth is trying desperately to save someone who means the world to her, and as Niall gets to know her, he begins to understand the compassion she hides under a tough exterior. In time, Niall falls for Elizabeth and sees her side of things, but that doesn’t mean she will get her way. Will they sacrifice themselves for others? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)