The action continues apace in this final installation of this trilogy. Rue is one confused woman and it’s no wonder, given her mixed-blood heritage. This book works on a mythical level and a deeper psychological one as well. While it was naïve of the fair folk to think they could simply take over a human town and conquer its denizens without a fight, it’s initially hard to see what’s so terrible about their presence. You see humans cavorting around naked dancing in a square and it seems like fun—until some of the Fair Folk start eating people.
Action paces itself compellingly alongside passages of thought and introspection as Rue comes to a drastic but workable solution to the problem of how mortals and the fae can live together. Rue’s choice signals loss, love, agony, triumph and defeat. Through conflict, pain and suffering she matures, even as she makes a choice about people who, like Peter Pan, will never grow up.
The illustrations are as good as ever. But at times I found human faces curiously expressionless, especially when characters talk about love. You’d think that love never brought anything but grief, heartache and headache, given all the lack of smiling that goes on when people talk about it. Sometimes, expression showed when people were getting hurt or angry—that seemed the extent of it. It fits in with the theme but I would have appreciated seeing real joy rather than mania.