15743703Picking up immediately where Wards of Faerie left off, we return to Arlingfant, the Elcrys, and the fact that the fabled tree is dying, the Forbidding failing, and Arling is chosen to bear the Elcrys seed and become the next guardian of the Forbidding.  The rest of the book revolves around the quest to rebirth the Elcrys by seeking out the Bloodfire, as well as the results of the ill-fated attempt of the druids to finds the Elfstones.

After splitting up, the party is decimated. The Ohmsford brothers are separated, all the Trolls and most of the Rovers are killed by goblins or demons of the Forbidding, and at the end only two druids are left: Aphenglow and Seersha.  The few survivors are split further as Aphenglow, Arlingfant and their bodyguard seek out the Bloodfirem Railing and Mirai are off the find Grianne, Seersha goes to help the elves as the Forbidding fails, and Redden waits beyond the Forbidding’s walls, losing hope and slowly descending into madness with a half breed shape shifter trying to save him.

We lose a big player character here, and the plotline with the Federation kind of fizzles out since there is no real reason to continue to pursue Aphenglow beyond curiosity, and all the pursuers wind up dead.

Enjoyable, really looking forward to Witch Wrath ad the King of the Silver River warned Railing against freeing Grianne, saying the woman he wanted to free no longer existed after 100 years as an Aenid.  Witch Wrath is starting to look good right about now.

BUT!  Until that time we’re going to finish off the Mercy Thompson series.  Night Broken is next.

17562900An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.