Desperate, and ignoring that his relationship is banned by all 3 courts, Keirran is searching for some way to save her. But how high will the cost be, how dangerous the journey – and what will the consequences of their desperate search be?
Throughout this book, I’m kind of cursing the main characters – especially Keirran. Yes, he’s in love and yes his love is dying and of course he will want to do anything to fix that. Isn’t that basic nature? You want to save the one you love – how can I object to that? Well… it’s the “anything” here. Because “anything to save the one you love” covers a whole lot. In fact, that “anything” covers a whole lot of highly dubious things which really left me wondering just how much was I supposed to accept as justified by true love? Harvesting children’s nightmares was bad, but repeatedly risking wars between the three courts of faerie, destroying ancient and vital spirits, picking a fight with Titania – it was foolish, it was reckless and it was deeply, deeply selfish.
Yes, he’s in love. But his love doesn’t mean that he can reduce the rest of the world to ruins for the sake of it.
A lot of the time a contrast is drawn between Kenzie, Keirran and Ethan with Megan, Ash and Puck – look at these kids, just like the last generation! But I really don’t see it. While Megan and Ash were in love, their primary quest was always saving others – rescuing Ethan, defeating the Iron King, stopping Summer and Winter going to war, stopping the false Iron King; their primary quests were noblely helping others, not preserving their love. Similarly, they didn’t defy the courts and refuse to work with anyone else just because – they did it because they had no other choice and no-one was willing to help or work with them. And when they did break rules for their love, the consequences were personal, not public. Ash and Megan’s love stopped wars, it didn’t risk them; they risked exile, they risked Ash’s fae nature, they risked their lives – they did not risk the world. And when faced with a choice between her family and Ash or stepping up as the Iron Queen, Megan put on her grown-up trousers and stepped up to the throne. The whole Nevernever being consumed by war was too great a price to pay for her love.