Building on the world she launched in the Hot for the Holidays anthology, the uber-talented Bast focuses more deeply on the conflict between the Fae and the Phaendir in this Dark Magick offering. The main protagonists from "Sweet Enchantment" work as secondary characters as the focus turns to Seelie noble Aislinn Finvarra and the dangerously tempting Unseelie Gabriel Mac Braire. Bast excels at setting an intriguing stage for her players, where danger and drama abide. Power and passion galore!
Aislinn isn't thrilled when the Seelie Summer Queen forces her to be the guide for dangerously sexy visitor Gabriel. Half-incubus Gabriel is supposed to be deciding if he wants to defect from the dark court, but Aislinn has her doubts about his true mission. She's also concerned that her own secrets may get out, for her growing powers in dark magick indicate she must have Unseelie blood.
Trapped by the Phaendir and humans into the area called Piefferburg, the Fae long to break out of their prison, but to do so, they must recover ancient artifacts. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 336 pp., $7.99)