by Ryan Graudin
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)
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All That Glows author Ryan Graudin returns with the fantasy novel's sequel, rife with intense romance and riveting action. As this alluring mortal-prince-meets-immortal-fairy love story continues, this urban London tale serves up irresistible chemistry and adventure. In this second book, Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, has sacrificed her powers to be with her soul mate, King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But as a strange, dark magic threatens all, Emrys must make the most difficult decision of her life.In the sequel to All That Glows the story starts with little time passing from the previous book. Emrys and Richard's lives have changed dramatically. With Richard now the King, Emrys is thrown into the middle of his extravagant world and needing to present herself to society. But with the loss of her powers she is still trying to come to terms with her urges to still want to use them but being unable to do so.
The worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. As Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen's court and London's lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.
When a prisoner possessing dark magic breaks out of Queen Titania's labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must question the strength of true love's binds. Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard's life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
Emrys used to be a part of the powerful Faery Guard that protected the current day royal bloodline. She was put in charge of Prince Richard, but soon let her feelings for Richard over rule what she has always known as a Frithemag. We now see Emrys living a life without magic, and the magic in the royal blood line rising for the first time in centuries.
Since revealing themselves to the royal family and the reforming of the Royal Guard the faery's have more than they can handle. As the new king Richard is doing his best to help the city be more livable for the faery's with changes to how much iron and electricity is being used in the cities. This causes the people to protest and others to pursue powers to over rule Richard on making these changes.
The book is full of danger and causing the royal family to find themselves somewhat imprisoned with the riots happening in the streets. The Faery Guard and the humans at odds since their prior Faery Queen is gone and their numbers are weakened. The royal family themselves begin to feel at odds and take sides.
There is a lot of downtime in the book in which Emrys reflects on all the decisions she's made and feeling guilty and clumsy. Her relationship with Richard is under stress and she finds herself questioning their actions a lot throughout the book. We don't get to see a lot of Richard, this book focuses on Richards' sister and Emrys as one is coming into her powers and the other powerless to help.
What I have enjoyed about the series so far is this very light fairytale atmosphere.. The fight for a love so strong that you're willing to give so much of yourself to keep it. The idea of if love is all you need and what you are willing to do for the ones you love. Does it really require sacrifice to live your happily ever after. Can happiness come from any relationship in wish sacrifices are made.