Sirensong (Faeriewalker Series #3)

Sirensong (Faeriewalker Series #3)

by Jenna Black


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When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it's no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told . . .

The journey through Faerie is long—and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard's son, Keane, just can't seem to get along, and Kimber's crush on Keane isn't making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time . . . and makes it clear that he hasn't given up on making her his own.

Arriving at Titania's beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania's granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court—or, worse, the Erlking—catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

Sirensong is book three in Jenna Black's enchanting Faeriewalker series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312575953
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Faeriewalker Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,181,935
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

JENNA BLACK graduated from Duke University with degrees in anthropology and French. A full-time writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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chapter one


I hate politics. Too bad my father is a big-deal Fae politician, hoping to get bigger. Also too bad that I’d run away from home to escape my alcoholic mother and live with my father in hopes of a more normal life, because what I’d gotten was a heaping helping of anything-but-normal, with a side order of mortal danger. Which is how I found myself dressed in an insanely expensive midnight-blue evening dress—wearing heels, no less—and being escorted by my tux-clad father to a fancy state dinner I wanted no part of.

The dinner was at the Consul’s mansion. My dad and I joined the glittering cream of Avalon high society, waiting in line between the velvet ropes as a pair of Knights controlled traffic and checked invitations. I’d never been to an event anywhere near as formal as this before, and I wouldn’t have been at this one if my dad hadn’t insisted.

When I came to Avalon, the only place where the mortal world and Faerie intersect, I already knew my father was some kind of big-deal Fae. What I didn’t know was all the zillions of ways his status would affect my life. Or that he would try to use me as a pawn in his political chess game. You see, in a little more than a year, the current human Consul—the most powerful person in Avalon, kind of like a president, but not really—was going to have to step down in favor of a Fae. The Consulship changes hands between humans and Fae every ten years, and my dad was bound and determined to be the next Consul of Avalon.

Another thing I’d had no clue about before I’d blundered into Avalon was that every once in a while, when a really powerful Fae—like, say, my father—had a child with a human, that child was … special. A Faeriewalker, someone with enough Fae blood to travel into Faerie and enough mortal blood to travel into the mortal world. But here’s the kicker: not only can Faeriewalkers travel freely in both worlds, they can bring magic into the mortal world and technology into Faerie.

Yup, you guessed it: I’m a Faeriewalker. A rare breed, seeing as the last one before me died almost a century ago. And because of my unique abilities, I became a political asset, which was why my dad was dragging me along to this event when I’d have preferred to stay home and scrounge something from the fridge. Everyone in freakin’ Avalon knew about me, knew I was a Faeriewalker, but Dad had to trot me out to the dinner and show me off, remind everyone that I was his daughter and that if he became Consul, he’d use me to Avalon’s advantage. Never mind that I wasn’t going to let him “use” me for anything, and he knew it.

“Try not to scowl quite so fiercely, Dana,” he said to me in a dry undertone as we inched toward the head of the line.

I tried to wipe the scowl from my face, though I’m not sure I succeeded. “You are going to owe me for this big-time,” I muttered, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw his lips curve into a faint smile.

“Maybe you’ll enjoy yourself,” he suggested, handing his invitation to the Knight with the clipboard.

Knights are Fae warriors, and there was something just wrong about seeing one standing there with a clipboard. Of course, he probably had about a hundred weapons concealed on him, and I could feel the prickly sensation of magic surrounding him. Supposedly only true Fae could sense magic, but I was apparently the exception. Because being a garden-variety Faeriewalker didn’t make me freakish enough. I’d managed to keep my affinity with magic hidden from almost everyone—even my father—so far, and I planned to keep it that way.

The Knight waved us through, and we climbed a set of red-carpeted stairs into a cavernous marble entryway. There were more Knights inside, directing the crowd down a long hallway and making sure no one strayed from the path. They were dressed in tuxes, just like all the other men in the crowd, but they stuck out like sore thumbs anyway, with their muscular builds, their severe expressions, and their not-so-covert surveillance.

“Yeah, this is going to be tons of fun,” I mumbled, keeping my voice low so it wouldn’t echo off the marble. I didn’t need any prior experience with state dinners to guess it was going to include a lot of long, boring speeches. And that Dad was going to introduce me to a lot of people with whom I was supposed to make polite small talk and smile. Just how any sixteen-year-old likes to spend the evening, right?

I could, of course, be a total brat and play the part of the sullen, bored teenager, making my dad regret dragging me along. But he and I were still sort of learning our way around each other, and if I was going to be difficult about something, it would be something more important than whether or not I had to sit through a bunch of speeches.

At the end of the hallway, we had to stand in line again, but this was worse, because I could see—and hear—what was in store for us when we got to the head of the line. There was a tall, thin Fae man standing there, and everyone stopped when they stepped up beside him, then waited for him to announce their names in a loud, deep voice, after which they could finally enter the room and go through an endless-looking receiving line.

Groan! If it took this much time and effort to even get in, I didn’t want to know how long the dinner was going to take. I wondered if I could convince Dad I’d suddenly developed a migraine, or the flu. Maybe Ebola.

“You’re scowling again,” Dad whispered, and I gave him a dirty look.

“This counts as cruel and unusual punishment,” I told him. “And I haven’t even done anything wrong.” The bratty, sullen teenager idea was beginning to hold a certain appeal. Maybe I could embarrass my dad enough to make him send me home.

Dad sighed, but we’d reached the head of the line so he made no comeback. We stood on the landing right outside an honest-to-goodness ballroom, and I was painfully aware that even though we hadn’t been announced yet, and even though there was a lovely Fae woman currently making her way through the receiving line, practically all eyes in the room were on us. My palms felt clammy, and I hoped my face wasn’t flushed with embarrassment.

“Seamus Stuart,” the gatekeeper, or whatever you call him, intoned, and anyone who hadn’t already been looking at us turned their heads in our direction. “And Dana Stuart,” the gatekeeper finished, and I had to clench my teeth to resist the urge to correct him.

I could count the weeks I’d known my dad on one hand, and I’d always gone by my mother’s name, Hathaway. Guess my dad had “forgotten” that when he had me added to the guest list. If it weren’t for our audience, I’d have ripped into him on the spot. Instead, I plastered on the world’s fakest smile and promised myself a good temper tantrum later.

*   *   *

The next forty-five minutes were about as much fun as sitting in the dentist’s chair. Each time my dad ran into someone he knew—and I swear he knew every person in the room—it was the same thing. They’d exchange some stupid small talk, Dad would introduce me, and then they’d start talking politics.

The high heels were pinching my toes, and I was losing sensation in the balls of my feet as we continued our circuit of the room. My face hurt from the fake-smiling, and I was so bored I had to swallow a yawn every three seconds. And we weren’t even to the speeches yet!

Throughout the torturous meet-and-greet, more people kept arriving at the party, each one announced in a voice that cut through all the chatter. At first, I couldn’t help looking every time someone new came in, but since it was never anyone interesting, I stopped paying attention. Until a wave of silence swept over the room, and even my dad turned to look.

The party had been under way for over an hour, and the Important Dignitaries in the receiving line had abandoned their posts to come mingle with us little people, so there was no line waiting to come in. As a result, everyone in the room had a crystal-clear view of the figure who stood regally in the doorway. I immediately suspected he’d planned things that way.

In some ways, he was a typical Fae man. Tall, lean, with angular features that were painfully beautiful. And yet, he was like no Fae I’d seen before. He was dressed in an outfit that looked like it came straight out of some artsy historical movie, complete with a crimson velvet coat with enormous cuffs and elaborately embroidered lapels, knee breeches, and a frothy white neckcloth. Crimson wasn’t a good color for him, not with his typical Fae pallor and the long red hair that framed his face under a thin gold circlet, but his lack of fashion sense didn’t make him any less breathtaking.

“His Royal Highness, Henry, Prince of the Seelie Court,” the announcer said into the silence that had overtaken the room.

Many of the Fae bowed or curtsied. I glanced at my dad out of the corner of my eye and saw that he didn’t, even though he was a card-carrying member of the Seelie Court. Avalon had seceded from Faerie about a hundred years ago, and in theory, its Fae citizens weren’t supposed to belong to either the Seelie or the Unseelie Court. In reality, there were very few Fae in Avalon who didn’t align themselves with one Court or the other.

Prince Henry soaked in the attention for a moment, standing nearly motionless in the entryway as his gaze swept the room. My stomach did a flip-flop when the prince’s eyes stopped on my father’s face, then slid to me. A smile curled his lips, and there was something oily and unpleasant about it. I took an instant dislike to him and didn’t care that it probably wasn’t fair of me.

The prince finally stepped into the room, breaking the spell of silence he had cast. People started talking again, and the folks who’d been in the receiving line swarmed to greet their royal guest. I rubbed my sweaty palms together and looked at my dad. It didn’t matter that as his daughter, I was generally considered to be Seelie even though I hadn’t sworn allegiance. The Queens of both Courts felt threatened by my abilities and wanted me dead. That made Prince Henry the enemy in my book.

“Who is Prince Henry?” I asked Dad in an urgent undertone. “And shouldn’t we be heading for the nearest exit?”

Dad patted my shoulder in one of his reserved Fae gestures of affection. “You’re perfectly safe here,” he assured me. “Henry is one of Titania’s sons, but she’d never use him in an assassination attempt. And she certainly wouldn’t do it here of all places.”

I’m sure Dad meant that to be comforting, but my mouth had gone dry and my heart was speeding. I couldn’t see it as anything but a bad sign that a member of the royal family was in town. Not when the royal family wanted me dead.

“Did you know he was going to be here?” I asked.

Dad shook his head slightly. “I had no idea. I don’t know what Titania’s playing at, but I have a feeling we’ll find out before the evening is out.”

I watched the knot of people surrounding the prince move closer and closer to us, and my throat tightened. “Is it my imagination, or is he moving in our direction?”

“It’s not your imagination.”

“Great,” I muttered. Not that I thought I was in any real danger. I had a feeling that if a member of one of the royal families showed up at a state dinner and killed one of the guests, that might start an international incident. Maybe even a war. So I was pretty sure Dad was right and Prince Henry wasn’t making his way toward us with murder on his mind. I just didn’t think whatever was on his mind was something I’d like any better.

“Isn’t it time to go in to dinner yet?” I asked, looking around longingly for some sign that the crowd was moving toward the dining room. No such luck.

“Nice try,” Dad said with one of his wry smiles. “Royalty isn’t avoided so easily.”

The prince was getting closer, and though many people were gathered around him, there were four Knights, dressed in clothing just as archaic as the prince’s, keeping the crowd at a respectable distance. I could feel the magic coming off the group when they were still, like, twenty yards away. Seemed a little rude to me to be so blatantly guarding the prince’s safety in the midst of the Consul’s mansion—as if the mansion weren’t a secure location—but what did I know?

Although the prince bore zero resemblance to my dad, I knew my dad had been Titania’s consort once, a long, long time ago, so I couldn’t help asking, “He’s not another half brother you’ve forgotten to tell me about, is he?”

My dad isn’t the most expressive person in the world, but I was getting to know him well enough to see the slight tightening at the corners of his eyes that said I’d hit a nerve. “Connor is my only son,” he said softly, “and you are my only daughter.”

I wished I hadn’t asked. Connor had been captured and basically enslaved by the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a group of Fae huntsman who in the olden days preyed on human and Fae quarry. Now, because of an agreement the Erlking had with the government of Avalon, humans were off their menu. And because the Erlking had also made an agreement with both Queens of Faerie, the only Fae they hunted were ones the Queens condemned. None of which helped Connor, who’d been captured before any of these agreements had been made, centuries ago. My father still grieved for Connor as if he were dead, and I wished I could do something to help.

I didn’t have much time to brood about my insensitive question, because Prince Henry had made it through the throng and was now standing face-to-face with my dad. The annoying tingle of the Knights’ magic made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

“Seamus,” the prince said with a big smile, “you’re looking well.”

My father returned the smile, but there was no warmth in it. Come to mention it, there wasn’t a whole lot of warmth in the prince’s smile, either. Maybe it was just Fae reserve, but I had the instant impression the two of them didn’t like each other. I didn’t think Titania’s desire to have me killed was going to improve their relationship.

“As are you, Henry,” my father said, and though no one’s expression overtly changed, I could feel the mingled outrage and surprise of the people around us. My guess was that calling the prince by his first name was “not done.” The Knights in Henry’s entourage stopped pretending they were oblivious to all but their duty and stared at my father. It didn’t seem to bother him. “Such splendor as yours is rarely seen in our fair city,” he said with a respectful half-bow, and Henry’s smile froze for just an instant.

Wow. Dad really knew how to take something that sounded like a compliment and make it obviously an insult. All the while smiling as if he were being perfectly pleasant.

I had to admit, as … resplendent as Prince Henry looked in his fancy velvet, he also looked like an escapee from a costume party. The Fae—especially those who live in Faerie—take being old-fashioned to the extreme, and I had no doubt that they had yet to embrace modern fashion. But I doubted the prince was so behind the times that he didn’t know how out of place he’d look in Avalon in that getup.

Prince Henry continued to smile. “And you have been absent from our fair Court for too long and have been sorely missed.”

They shook hands heartily, but I was pretty sure that had been a veiled insult as well. It occurred to me that I’d never asked my dad why he’d left Faerie to live in Avalon. I wondered if he’d come to Avalon because he’d lost status when Titania had put him aside as her consort. Or if it had something to do with their son being captured by the Wild Hunt.

“Avalon is my home,” my father said simply, “and I find myself reluctant to leave it even for the joys of Titania’s Court.”

“I hope you can be persuaded to change your mind,” Henry said, then turned his gaze to me.

Maybe it was because my father so obviously didn’t like this guy, or maybe it was just because he belonged to one of the Courts that wanted me dead, but his gaze felt almost slimy, and it made me want to squirm. But I’d stood up to the Erlking a couple of times—mostly to my detriment, I must admit—and I wasn’t about to let Henry intimidate me. At least, I wasn’t going to let him see that he intimidated me. So I met his gaze and fought my urge to squirm, despite the malice I could have sworn I saw in his eyes.

“This must be your daughter, the Faeriewalker,” Prince Henry said.

Dad put his arm around my shoulders, which was a positively effusive gesture for him. “Yes, this is Dana,” he said, a hint of warning in his tone.

“What a great pleasure it is to make your acquaintance,” Prince Henry said, reaching out his hand as if to shake.

I didn’t want to touch him—he was giving me that bad a vibe—but there were about a million people watching us, and I didn’t want to be openly rude. Unfortunately, instead of shaking my hand like I’d thought, he raised my hand to his lips and planted a kiss on my knuckles. His lips were uncomfortably wet, and I had to resist an urge to yank my hand from his grip and wipe it on my dress.

He held on to my hand longer than necessary, looking at me expectantly. I suppose he was waiting for a polite response of some sort, but he’d creeped me out so badly that my throat had closed up and I couldn’t say a word.

There was a flare of satisfaction in the prince’s eyes when he finally let go of my hand, and I cursed myself for being such a wimp. There’d been a battle of wills going on, and I’d lost. I turned my hand slightly as I brought it back to my side, letting the back of it where he’d kissed me rub against my dress. I was trying to be subtle about it, but I can’t say I was overly upset when the slight narrowing of the prince’s eyes told me he’d seen it.

“There are many people more important than us eager to greet you,” my father said, his arm tightening around my shoulders. “Please, don’t let us monopolize your attention.”

What I heard—and, judging by his expression, what Henry heard—was “get out of my face.” For a moment, I thought the prince was going to lose his cool and say something openly rude, but he recovered.

“I have one more item of business to discuss with you,” he said through what I suspected were gritted teeth. He held his hand out to one of the Knights, who gave him something that looked very much like a scroll. “My mother, the Queen, is very anxious to meet this long-lost daughter of yours.” He handed the scroll to my father. “She invites you to bring your daughter to the Sunne Palace to be formally presented at Court.”

I felt my father’s jerk of surprise through his arm, and it was all I could do not to gape in shock myself.

“Is this a joke?” I found myself asking. “She wants to—” My dad’s hand tightened painfully on my shoulder, and I swallowed the rest of my sentence. I’d already said enough to win me some sharp looks of disapproval from our audience. But really, how else was I supposed to react to an invitation like that? The Seelie Queen wants to kill me, so I should leave the relative safety of Avalon and travel to her palace in Faerie to meet her in person? Either Titania was nuts, or she thought I was.

Prince Henry was staring at me again, his shoulders stiff and an expression almost like a snarl on his lips. “Rarely is an individual with mortal blood so graced by Her Majesty. She does you an unprecedented honor.” One Henry didn’t think I deserved, if the look on his face was any indicator. “You would do well to remember that and be appropriately grateful.”

Wow, my outburst must have seriously rubbed him the wrong way. I felt like I’d just been called to the front of the class and yelled at by the teacher while everyone watched. My face was hot, and I tried to keep my gaze focused on the prince so I didn’t have to see how many people were watching. I bet my dad was wishing he’d let me stay home after all.

Prince Henry turned to my dad. “It is past time you bring your daughter to receive the Queen’s blessing. One would not want to foster the impression that there is bad blood between your family and the Queen after your sister’s unfortunate actions.”

He was referring to my Aunt Grace, who’d concocted some crazy plan to use my powers to help her usurp the Seelie throne, but I didn’t see what that had to do with anything. Grace was dead, and it wasn’t like my dad and I had conspired with her.

My dad bowed his head respectfully. If he was pissed off by my outburst or Henry’s public reprimand, he hid it well. “We are, of course, greatly honored by the invitation. However, Queen Mab has shown rather less hospitality, and I fear it would not be safe for my daughter to travel into Faerie.”

I bit my tongue, hoping I didn’t look as indignant as I felt. I knew Mab wanted me dead, but I thought Titania’s murderous intent was more relevant at this point.

Prince Henry made a face that I think was supposed to express polite concern. “Of course, Her Majesty would never dream of endangering the dear child.” He smiled, raising his voice a little so that all the observers could hear his every word. “You will travel to the Sunne Palace with me as my honored guests. Rest assured that none of Mab’s people would dare to trouble my entourage. You will be quite safe. We leave in three days. Now, if you will excuse me…”

He didn’t wait for an answer, simply turned his back to us and approached one of the high-society types who’d been listening in. The prince’s Knights then stepped between us and the prince, just in case we didn’t get the hint that we were dismissed.


Copyright © 2011 by Jenna Black

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Sirensong 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 213 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
As a Jenna Black Fan, I had to read the book and I can only say this book is great. It will keep you entertained for hours.
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Sirensong is the Thursday book in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black. At first we got a glimmer, then a shadow and now we find song in this amazing series. I fell in love with Glimmerglass and its characters have developed so well throughout these three books. In Sirensong we find Dana marked by the Erlking and trying to move on with her life even we there are so many oppositions lining up. The life of a Faeriewalker, a few in kind person who can move themselves and objects between our world and Faery are rare, but it seems everyone wants a walker in their pocket to continue their evil plans. Dana is in a new conundrum: she has to travel to the Seelie court and be introduced to the Queen, and with her luck and enemies anything can happen. With so many forces against Dana, what is a girl to do with everything that is piling up? Dana still has to hold back due to the bargain with the Erlking and its effects on her relationship with Ethan, and then her family troubles with her mother and her fathers status, Dana has a it in store for her in Sirensong. Jenna Black builds an amazing world and reality for the characters in the Faeriewalker series. I live the inner dialog of Dana, and the struggles she has faced. With so much power and yet such a personal moral code, Dana makes a beautiful, and strong character. Relationships can be made or broken when Dana's secrets become exposed and her friends are have to figure out what to do with Dana's powers and her connections. Sirensong was an amazingly well written read that was composed of a great set of characters and fantastical world. Get lost in the pages and take a walk with the Faeriewalker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sirensong is the last book of this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disapointed at how the sample left me hanging like a bat on a cave ceiling.
Burg More than 1 year ago
Finally Black takes us into Faerie! I've been waiting for this moment since the beginning of the series and couldn't have been more excited to finally see her vision play out. While I was hoping for a little more time spent at court, the overall journey was well worth the wait. After the way things were left at the end of Shadowspell, I was on the edge of my seat even at page one to see where everything would go. With a zillion different ways Black could have rounded out this series, I think she did Dana and the rest of the gang justice. Interesting twists and turns were laid out for Dana and Ethan, Keane and Kimber, the Erl King, and just about everyone else. While I enjoyed how Black pieced everything together, I'll admit to being a little sad throughout the majority of this edition. I knew in the back of my head that it was all coming to an end. Goodbyes would be said to these unique characters, wonderful settings and dynamic situations. It may have affected me more than I anticipated while reading this time. Glimmerglass still stands out for me as the "best" of this series, but Sirensong was a fast and entertaining end to a fun series. And hey, the infamous hot posset made a final appearance, and I admit I was half tempted to whip myself one up to enjoy right along with Dana and Kimber. If you're a fan of this series, you'll no doubt be picking up a copy of Sirensong for yourself, regardless of this review, but I do think you'll enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by this author,and enjoyed them all. This series is a good read for those who like enjoyable book for any age. I look forward to the next book.
TRIN HOUSTON More than 1 year ago
Great story horribly boring ending...should have more violence or something idk it was just very boring in the last 2 chapters
harstan More than 1 year ago
Seelie Court devious Prince Henry arrives in the city between realms of Avalon to extend an invitation to Faeriewalker Dana from Queen Titania to her royal court. Dana consults with her father who agrees with her assessment that the Fae monarch wants her dead as no ruler trusts the half-human who is the only known Faeriewalker. Though Dana would prefer to decline, she and her dad know she has no choice but to go to the Seelie Court where he was Titania's lover displacing Henry's sire. Accompanied by her dad, Keane, Kimber and Ethan as well as a royal escort on the short trek from Avalon to the Seelie Court affirms her fears as there are several assassination attempts. Finn and the Erlking along with her friends protect Dana, but she deploys her powers to keep her allies and herself safe. Upon arrival at the Seelie Court, a bomb explodes when Tatiana's granddaughter Princes Elaine touches her throne. As the Princess lies on the floor probably dead, Dana's dad rushes her from the court before she is executed. The Faeriewalker struggles to survive as a stranger on a strange world. The third Faeriewalker teen fantasy (see Shadowspell and Glimmerglass) continues the coming of age adventures of the hybrid who begins to understand passivity is no longer an option as that denotes death for her and others, but has other lessons to learn about yielding power. The determined young heroine still has trust issues though she has tries to connect with her alcoholic mom and her fae father. Although the romantic subplots feel out of place, readers will appreciate the exhilarating escapades of the Faeriewalker as she knows she is not in Kansas. Harriet Klausner
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
***there may be spoilers here -- I tried, but may have let one or two slip*** Dana is in lock down in a safe house deep in the mountain of Avalon where she pines for freedom and which she gets through the help of the Erlking's protection. Freedom always comes with a price for Dana. Her presence is requested by Titania, the Seelie Queen, where she is to be presented at court. It all sounds excitingly innocent, but this being a faerie court, there are ulterior motives especially when the invitation comes from Prince Henry who is not her biggest fan. Dana takes Keane, Kimber and Ethan along for protection and companionship. Her father's court intrigue as Titania's consort comes back into play since he replaced Prince Henry's father and Henry has never forgiven him. While traveling though the Faerie countryside, Dana makes an a couple of decisions that on the surface don't seem very important, but play a huge part in her safety. The procession to the castle with Prince Henry shows how much he despises Dana's father and even with Finn and the rest protecting Dana, there are many attempts on her life. The Erlking also makes his presence known and lends his protection, even though he really doesn't have to. I think the Erlking shows more humanity and becomes an important ally in Dana's defense. He is probably my favorite character even though he is slightly evil, he freely admits he only does things are in his best interest. (Maybe we can convince the author to spin off a series just of him maybe for us grown ups!) Dana learns that she has even more magic in her than she ever thought possible. Of course, once they do reach the castle there is even more intrigue. I thought this was the best of the series and although I believe this in the final chapter in Dana's story, I would really like to revisit the characters here again. Dana really grows in this last book and even though she still has her issues with her alcoholic mother and trusting others, she finally learns she has friends that she can lean on. You can see her despair and anger while she deals with her mother and the magical gifts she develops. It is really bittersweet at the end and will make you wish it hadn't ended quite yet.
Kristi_TheBookFaery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE FAERYS VIEW Jenna Black wrote another enthralling FAE book, the third in the Faeriewalker series, Sirensong. I¿ll make no secret that I am an absolute huge fan of both Ms. Black and the series and there was absolutely NO disappointment in either one! I was both captivated and held captured by Sirensong! With Ms. Black¿s unique voice, Sirensong is told in such a way that I was with Dana throughout the entire journey. Dana, known as the faeriewalker to most in Avalon and in Faerie, remains in isolated seclusion deep in the Avalon Mountains. With a slew of enemies, all wanting her dead for various reasons, freedom is rare and privacy a luxury. Even with what little freedom Dana does get, she is always accompanied by bodyguards. Despite that, the Erlking has unlimited access to Dana and has made a deal with her for Ethan¿s freedom from the `hunt¿ but that of course, has come with consequences. While at yet another boring political dinner, The Seelie Queen Tatiana¿s son, Prince Henry extends and invite from the Queen herself to Dana¿s father that Dana is to be formally introduced to court---in Faerie! It¿s an offer that literally cannot be refused. Dana¿s father is showing a tremendous amount of strain about the offer and Dana can tell that there is no love lost between her father and Prince Henry. The intrigues of court are many and age old. There is much that Dana doesn¿t know but will find out along the journey as she and her father become closer. Dana is allowed to take Kimber, Ethan & Keane which helps tremendously! She is still under the Erlkings protection for which there is some comfort there, for whatever that is worth. Along with Dana¿s companions Finn will be there and with the help of those that love her and the Erlking, what could go wrong? We are talking about Dana so I¿d say- Plenty! During the trip and while in Faerie, there are many attempts on Dana¿s life and it just gets worse the longer she¿s in Faerie. There are times when she is separated from her friends and loved ones, when she has to rely on herself and Dana is surprised when she finds how powerful she really is. Dana¿s compassion helps her make friends with powerful Fae; those Fae come through for her when she needs them most. Dana¿s journey into Faerie becomes a journey of self-discovery, one where Dana learns things about herself that she might never have known otherwise; she also learns she is courageous, loyal and follows her heart despite what cost it may have to her. Sirensong is full of adventure, mystery, love and intrigue. The plot has more in store for us then we could possibly imagine! Just when you think you know what is going to happen or who did what, Ms. Black gives a twist or a turn that keeps the story a mystery until the last! This is a One-Sit-Read, the highest honor this reviewer can give and it was so difficult to review without giving away any spoilers to the readers
cleoppa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent addition to this series, though I liked it the least of the three. I realized at one point that I was about 1/4 through the book and essentially nothing had happened. One of Black's strong points is her character development. I liked how the characters grew closer, grew personally and learned more about each other.One of my favorite characters is the Erlking, which is a character I've loved ever since I heard the song Erlkonig. When the Erlking was first introduced in the second book, it seemed gimmicky and I groaned. But I've been very pleasantly surprised with this character. He's a believable mixture of non-human, self-centered, self-preserving, gorgeous and compassionate.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyWhen a queen invites you to court, even if that queen wants you dead, you go. That¿s what Dana learns at the beginning of SIRENSONG. At least she gets to take her boyfriend and best friend with her. But she also has to take her relentless fight instructor who might or might not be transferring his affections to another, her father, and the queen's haughty son. Almost without fail, I lose a bit of interest when books with fae end up crossing into Faerie. There are the obligatory forests, nasty critters, and not quite normal phenomenons, but I always find the scenes set there¿regardless of the book¿a bit ho-hum. Sad to say it, but I found that true here too. Fortunately, the last third of SIRENSONG, even set in Faerie, is pretty great. The action, romance, and emotions all kick up ten fold.Don¿t expect the same amount of sexy time as in the previous books. There are a few scenes that still push the YA boundary, but they are significantly lighter and less frequent in SIRENSONG. That¿s not to say Dana doesn¿t think about sex a lot, she does, but it¿s in the context of knowing she will never have it and whether or not Ethan will stick around without it. I wish Dana had had more self respect to realize that if Ethan wouldn¿t stay without sex then she doesn¿t need to waste her time. In that sense, she took a step back from the strength and intelligence I admired in her previously.My biggest disappointment with SIRENSONG is the fact that it is the unintentional swan song for the series (Jenna has confirmed that SIRENSONG is the final Faeriewalker book). It is very clearly not written as the final book since many of the extremely compelling storylines threading through the previous books are left hanging. Is the Erlking secretly not as bad as he pretends? Will Ethan be able to accept the physical limitations imposed on his relationship with Dana? Will Dana¿s mom ever acknowledge her alcoholism and seek help? Why is Dana able to use magic when no other faeriewalker ever could? Will Dana break her vow to the Erlking with Ethan or give her virginity¿and her powers¿to the Erlking as promised? Precious few of these questions are answered in SIRENSONG.Overall, SIRENSONG is another fun foray into a faerie infused world, but there are too many questions left unanswered and too many storylines left unresolved in the series as a whole. It isn¿t a cliffhanger, but it isn¿t the true series ending either that it needed to be. Jenna has said that she is working on a new YA series and it¿s clear by now that she has the writing chops to make it another winner. It¿s just unfortunate that this series won¿t get the chance to end the way I think Jenna and we readers would have wanted.Sexual Content:Kissing. Scenes of sensuality. References to sex
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series, I have since the first book came out.
Loyet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as the previous two books. There was action & excitement, but I just never felt it.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this world in Glimmerglass (review here) and my interest was piqued even more with the second book Shadowspell (review here) so I was really excited to get my hands on the final installment to this series. After reading the book though, I am a little let down. It was still a good book and I still really enjoy this series, but Sirensong was not my favorite book out of the three.I will start off the review on a good note. I was very excited when seeing the summary for this book because I knew it meant we would finally get a peek into the world of Faerie. We have seen brief glimpses of it in past books and heard many descriptions, but Dana had not seen it herself and therefore we did not experience it either. Once we do get there it was a land full of many legends that have filled faerie lore before and others that I had not heard of, but loved seeing the new stories explored. Dana¿s journey to the Seelie court is full of bumps and surprises along the road and Jenna did a fantastic job of filling the reader with a sense of wonder about what awaited Dana next.The plot kept me interested and there were quite a few twists in there that I did not see coming. Some of the events happened just as I thought they would, but it was nice to see that Jenna still had a couple of tricks up her sleeve to keep me and Dana on our toes. Dana carries such a heavy burden and she always puts herself last, which lands her in quite a few sticky situations in Sirensong. I was not sure how she was going to wiggle her way out of them, but luckily her friends were always by her side to help her through.One of the aspects of this book that fell short for me were the relationships with Dana. In previous books Jenna has done an amazing job of building these rich relationships with Dana and the surrounding characters and I did not feel the bond with all of them as much in this book. Maybe it was because Dana was on the run constantly and therefore there she did not much downtime, but even when there was a lull in the action I did not feel the connections. The tender moments that I was looking forward to, such as Dana and Ethan¿s first official date, were cut short and left me wanting more. I am especially saddened since this is the last book in this series and we will not be visiting Dana in Avalon again. The only relationship that did still feel strong and I could connect with was Dana and her father. He showed us that under that Fae exterior he does have many layers and cares deeply for his daughter.The other part of this book that I found lacking was the ending. I am someone who likes to have happy endings, but know that it is not always possible when dealing with fantasy worlds and the paranormal. However, the ending of this series was tied up into a neat little bow and it did not sit right with me. Everything fell into place just a little too easily during the resolution when I was expecting a little more conflict. Having said that though, I understand why everything played out the way it did, I am just not sure how believable it all is in the world of the Fae.Even though there were things about Sirensong I did not like, overall I have still really enjoyed this series and I am glad I got know Dana. While we won¿t be revisiting the world of Avalon again I know we will see more from Jenna in the future and I will be sure to check out the worlds she will bring us.
CuteMcGinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Sirensong" was a fitting end to this series and a good relief after the second book in the series, "Shadowspell". Black has some very unique and interesting ideas that I wish were executed more eloquently. Even though the voice in this novel was significantly better than it's previous there were still lines such as, "She looked at my hand like it was a dog turd and she didn't want to touch it." (Page 280) That line literally made me burst into laugher. Finally, Black takes us into Faerie! Dana has been summoned to appear before the queen of the Seelie court and she takes a small entourage with her, which is pretty much everyone she knows in Avalon save her alcoholic mother. I was ecstatic to learn about Faerie and I don't feel like Black disappointed at all in her delivery of this fictional realm. The Green lady was one of my favorite and creative creatures of Faerie. I feel as if the sexual themes in this series have not been very consistent. In the first novel we have reference to sex. Then, jump to the second novel where you have the bargaining of giving up virginity, near rape, and erect nipples. Finally, in the third novel there are all these build ups that lead no where because in the end *spoiler* we find out that Dana isn't ready to have sex. Groan! *End Spoiler Alert* The Erlking is probably one of my favorite characters. How hot and sexy is that guy? I'm not sure I have thought of a character in a book before as hot and sexy but the Erlking definitely fits that description. I thought Ethan had great character development over the course of the three books even though this only spans like two months. It is sort of unbelievable that one character can change so much is such a short period of time. I really wish Black would give her readers more credit and not stop to explain every minute detail. Yes, we get it the Fae are beautiful and yes we get it your mother is an alcoholic. And is it too much to ask to have a pretty protagonist? Does any one really believe that a girl who wears khaki pants and a button up to a ball would attract the attention from Keane, Ethan, AND the Erlking? No one even dresses like that any more! I wish she would elevate her writing style and slightly alter her voice but oh well....the book really is what it is. Jenna Black had a story to tell and I sure found it interesting enough. Despite the turd remarks and comments to "get the hell out of Dodge" the book was a pretty solid success I would say. I was even moved to tears once as Dana dealt with the struggles of her mother. I liked how nothing really resolved with Dana's mother, it was sad but realistic. Other than that, I wish Black had given us a better ending not one that seemed so neatly tied up. Is it too much to ask for a little romance? Overall, once again I think the books are appropriate for older teens and is a fun and interesting read. There is only so much I expected out of this novel, after all I did read the first two and so I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. The book is super fast so even if it is a waste of time it doesn't waste much at least.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series. It ended up being one of my favorite series and I picked up "Glimmerglass" because I loved the cover. I had never read anything by Jenna Black at that time and I truly didn't know what I was going to get. Dana is a wonderful character, full of strength of character. She is mature for her age and yet realistic in her wants and fears. She is believable and easy to relate to. "Sirensong" was another great entry. I was upset to just learn that this is the last expected book in the series. The biggest plot threads were wrapped up in this installment. We see things come to head with the Queens of the Seelie and Unseelie courts who both wouldn't mind having Dana's head on a platter. Dana and Ethan are both tied to the Erlking by the marks he inflicted upon them. In this book, Dana has been summoned by Queen Tatiana for a meeting and an introduction to the court. The group is weary as they know the Queen finds Dana to be a threat, but to not show up would bring even worse danger upon them. So Dana, her father, her best friend Kimber,her boyfried Ehtan, her bodyguard Finn and Finn's son Keane embark on the long trip to the Queen's palace. Unfortunately their escort is Tatiana's son Henry and his knights and servants. Of course I don't want to give anything away but lets just say that the trip is not a smooth and easy one. Adventures happen. It is quickly apparent that there is someone among them that can't be trusted. The book had a different feel then the first two because the book is 90% about them traveling. In one way or another Dana is traveling through the forests or through the roads of Fairie. That isn't totally a bad thing because its nice to mix things up to keep a book fresh but it was different. The humor was still evident and their was some fun tension between Keane and Ethan for a good part of this book. I missed seeing more Finn. Their was also little of Dana's father who I admire a lot. The Erlking has been a wonderful addition to the series because he is full of such mystery and I wouldn't have complained to have seen more of him featured either. Still the book was a quick read. It is well written and the characters are very true to themselves. I enjoyed the book but not as much as the first two for a couple different reasons. The first being the traveling. At times I couldn't wait for them to just get somewhere and stay there for a few pages. And although the main plot points were resolved I must admit I was upset that the series is ending after three books because their is some things that I can't believe we won't see more of. I feel no resolution with Dana's mother. I understand an alcoholic won't change quickly and I didn't want to see that but still there was nothing there. Finn just faded into oblivion and I wish he was touched upon here. The whole series just feels vaguely incomplete as it stands at book's end.
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I could not put this book down!
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I just wish there were more
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