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Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2)

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Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Since the frightening events of last Halloween, which ended with her beloved, Sonny, forced to leave her and return to the Faerie world, Kelley has been rehearsing for a new play, testing her powers, and trying to keep hope that she'll see Sonny again soon.

His Janus...
Since the frightening events of last Halloween, which ended with her beloved, Sonny, forced to leave her and return to the Faerie world, Kelley has been rehearsing for a new play, testing her powers, and trying to keep hope that she'll see Sonny again soon.

His Janus friends provide her with protection and company, but they hardly compare. And her unnerving Faerie mother keeps sending her images of Sonny on his violent quest that make Kelley wonder just how well she knows the boy she fell in love with.

But Kelley soon finds she's got far more than romance to worry about. An old enemy of her friend Bob (otherwise known as Puck) is after her, and it looks as though he won't be happy until he's murdered her. And the father Kelley no longer wants to acknowledge is sick - perhaps on the verge of dying.

As Kelley struggles to stay alive and decide who deserves her loyalty, she discovers that a danger far greater than she imagined threatens not only her and Sonny, but all of Faerie.

DARKLIGHT picks up several months after the events of WONDROUS STRANGE, and readers who enjoyed the first book will immediately get wrapped up in the story. Livingston weaves a tale full of twists and turns few will see coming, leaving major villains unknown and everyone's motives except narrators Kelley and Sonny's uncertain.

The new mythology introduced is fascinating, and this book's main villain is creepy and horrifying. The story overall is serious, but bits of humor involving a kelpie named Lucky, Kelley's roommate, Tyff, and Bob keep if from seeming too solemn.

Unfortunately, the book also suffers somewhat from middle-of-the-trilogy syndrome, in which many conflicts are introduced or hinted at and very few are resolved. Of course, this will leave readers ravenous for the final volume!

Recommended to all fans of urban fantasy for a fresh take on Faerie lore; best to read WONDROUS STRANGE first, though, to follow the story properly.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 7, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good i guess

Ok it was good. I understand it all now. I read the third one first then the first now the second. I was all like what the heck!? Now i will always make sure i read the first book of every series.

posted by Anonymous on May 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    I read the second book first

    Warning?: I read this book without reading the first one. This is bad on so many levels.

    If you really want to understand what goes on in this book I would suggest reading the first one. The reason of this is simple. Kelley and Sonny do not spend much time together in this book and the time that is spent together is spent fighting. After the first few fights I started to wonder why they were together in the first place. The conclusion that I got was that it was only because Sonny saved Kelley in the first book. It became very clear to me later on that the author wants you to take what you remember from the first book (I assume that it shows them with better chemistry than the second) and bring it to the second book, thereby making you worry about the issues that they go through.

    As it is I am not really sure what happened throughout most of the book because in order to understand some things you needed to be there for the first explanation. It does explain the new things but it once again uses terms that you learned in the first book. To go into it with cold feet is almost a kin to waking up in a different country where they speak a form of your language but at the same time it is nothing like what you are used to. Like old English or European English if you are from America. The dialect and colloquialisms are different.

    I thought that the plot was a little circular. Kelley had to solve her problem and when she tried to tell Sonny he was to busy with his problem. And then this third group had to solve their problem and none of the groups were talking together but when at the end they finally get together somehow all of their problems were connected. Did that give away too much? I hope not.

    I can't really say if I had a favorite character in this book. It wasn't so much about the characters and how they evolve so much as the conflicts and how they were solved. Personally I think that with all the things that were uncovered about so many of the characters but not resolved means that the third book is going to be really interesting. Finally I can't really say that this book really made me like the main characters either. Sonny seemed like one of those annoying macho characters who believe that women have no place in helping with the big stuff. Kelley seemed a bit too much of a if I can't see it it is not there kind of person. It does not help that they both carry ideals that are literally centuries apart. I would say that this is a good book to read as long as you read the first one.

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