If you haven’t read Dark Fey: The Reviled then this synopsis for book two is going to contain a shedload of spoilers that you may want to avoid, however the review itself won’t divulge any plot information that will ruin your reading pleasure.
Gairynzvl escaped captivity among the DemonFey who had abducted him as a child through a daring act of treason and was rescued by Light Loving Fey. Now, he wants to return into the dark realm of The Reviled to attempt a rescue of the innocent childfey trapped there.
It will take more than one Fey to breach the borders of The Uunglarda and to slip past the legions of Dark Fey who abide there. It will take magic and strength, courage and military strategy and it will shake the foundations of everything The Fey of The Light have accepted as truth for thousands of years, but Gairynzvl knows the secret ways in and out of the dark realm; he is able to open portals and through his gifts of telepathic empathy and he can find the childfey standing, waiting, in the shadows.
Slipping into the darkness through darkness is easy. Escaping out again with terrified childfey is another matter. If they are captured his band of liberators will pray for death long before it comes and their success could spark full scale war, unleashing the barbaric hatred and viciousness of The Reviled upon the peace-loving Fey of The Light.
Can Gairynzvl convince the Fey of the Light to allow him to return to the Uunglarda, the realm of The Reviled? Who will join him to aid the Innocent childfey trapped in the realm of shadows and fear? And Will the Fey of the Light risk a savage war in order to rescue them?
The cover photo is great, there is no denying that and were I to see it in a bookshop my interest would be piqued. More of this type of cover I say, rather than those dreary copy cat covers that seem to be so prevalent on the shelves these days. As well as looking nice, it also sets the scene for a darker and more foreboding sequel.
Like the first book, this is a fantasy steeped in the natural, of the polar opposites of light and dark and the overlapping of the two and whilst the plot took, for me a little while to get going – the characters even get time for a ball game – once it gets going though, it moves along at a pleasing pace. It is an interesting mix, the plot feeling both urgent yet also fairly relaxed at times, giving the book a more ethereal feel.
The book picks up not long after the first finished and we are quickly introduced to new mysteries and characters, always with that feeling that something sinister is lurking and can and will strike at any moment, a brooding feeling of the unknown and the horrors that could await there. As alliances are forged, decisions made and events set in motion the story builds to the heroic quest motif which will have repercussions for all to come, especially in the final part of the trilogy.
The darkness is tempered by the lightness of both Morgan’s descriptive and narrative flow which as any of you who have read her blog will know is lyrically steeped in nature and the beauty of art, romance and wordplay. The story does have that fantasy of nature feel that is easily recognised and many of the universal struggles which make this a good read for both adults and the YA market it is aimed at.
As with the first book, there is a continuation of the themes of courage and standing with friends, of trusting and doing what is right. As far as moral tales go, this one has all the right themes, coupled with some action, romance, drama and a little bit of sadistic horror as well which I think covers all the bases. The climactic passages promise for an interesting and more action packed book three, which should be an epic finale to the trilogy.