Today I’m so excited to be participating in the Release Day Blitz for The Dark King by the Abedi sisters. If you missed book one of this amazing series, you can find my review by clicking here. Book two picks up a few months after the events of book one, and you will most certainly be lost if you’ve not read it first! If you enjoy fairy mythology, suspense, and romance you do not want to miss out on this series.
I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Dark King by C. J. Abedi
Series: Fae Trilogy #2
Published by Diversion Books on May 6, 2014
Length: 300 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Darkness descends over Roanoke Island in the sequel to the young adult bestseller, FAE.
Devilyn Reilly has crossed over to the sinister world of The Dark Fae, reigning over the realm as its King. He is to fulfill a prophecy--to unite the Light and Dark Fae once and for all, but those who love him now fear that he will never be the same again, that he can no longer be trusted, that every trace of the Light he once had is gone forever.
Caroline Ellis, the final heir of the Light Fae, must learn to survive without the protection of her one true love. She must come to embrace her own strength to evade those in the Dark court who seek her destruction—for the power is within Caroline to use Light to change Fate itself...
Caroline and Devilyn’s chemistry is undeniable. Their destiny together inevitable if only they have the will to overcome The Darkness and The Fates.
THE DARK KING, the second installment of the stunning Fae trilogy propels readers into the mystical and magical world of the Light and Dark Fae, where star-crossed love ignites a battle between two powerful kingdoms, one that can consume everything that stands in its path.
Wow, Wow, WOW!!!! I’m not even sure where to begin. I loved this book so much!
The Dark King by C. J. Abedi is the highly anticipated (at least by me) sequel to Fae and picks up a few months after the events at the end of book one. Devilyn is now the dark king, having banished his father Alderon to a Yew tree and embracing the dark that runs in his blood. Caroline is back to being clueless about her heritage, thanks to Devilyn who erased her memories at the conclusion of Fae, and she’s never been in more danger. Puck, Alderon’s faithful minion, has served his thousand year sentence and is back on Earth ready to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting humans. Oh and he’d love nothing more than to kill Caroline.
I love these characters! Caroline is your typical beautiful, nerdy high school student, or at least she thinks she is thanks to Devilyn’s sly trick. And unfortunately that belief lasts much longer in the book than I liked. I was ready for her to remember sooner rather than later. But she is still a strong-willed, stubborn character and surprisingly she accepts her fate in stride this time. In fact, she’s very accepting with a “what next” attitude. I loved it!
Devilyn’s character struggles this book. After centuries of fighting the darkness in him, he is now the dark king. Everything he hates, he has become, and a part of him likes this, so of course he loathes himself. He refuses to accept Odin’s unfailing love, and he is suspicious of his half-sister who betrayed him in the last book. His character does a lot of growing in this book, and it’s his struggles that make for an emotional ride this book.
Teddy and Tatiana are back in this installment. Teddy is his fun-loving, comic relief self. His easy banter with Caroline and his nonchalant way of acting about….well, everything lends a lighter tone to this otherwise dark book. Tatiana is much more reserved this book. She truly regrets what she did to Devilyn and Caroline and is trying to fight the darkness that resides in her blood. And I for one hope she wins. I disliked her in Fae but her demeanor and character are so drastically different from book one that I felt sorry for her and actually began liking her.
There is an addition to this cast of characters, Rowan. Rowan is a warrior and prince of the Light Fae. We actually meet Rowan in book one briefly, but in this book he has been sent by Dana to protect Caroline now that Devilyn has gone dark. I love Rowan, he is the exact opposite of Devilyn’s character. Rowan is fun, lighthearted, and he brings the real Caroline out of her shell. In fact, Caroline relies on Rowan and she wishes she felt for him the way she does for Devilyn. Love triangle you ask? Sorta. Not quite though and that’s what makes his character even more likable in my opinion.
This installment is so fast paced, much more than book one. I found I couldn’t read fast enough to keep up with the suspense! Between Puck’s antics and Katya’s jealousy, Devilyn and Caroline couldn’t get a break. The majority of the action takes place in the last half of the book, when the entire junior class is on a week long camping trip. Once I hit the main action, I couldn’t set the book down and finished it in just over a day.
But this book isn’t all suspense. The turmoiled romance between Devilyn and Caroline is featured throughout the book. This back and forth on Devilyn’s part of saying he doesn’t want her and hurting Caroline so she won’t want him when in reality she is all he wants/needs. And Caroline so angry with him, yet so in love that she is willing to do whatever it may take to have that once in a lifetime love. Their trials reminds me a lot of the song If I Never Knew You from Pocahontas, corny I know, but those first few lines fit Devilyn and Caroline perfectly.
I have no complaints about this book, no dislikes. That’s a first for me! Even the major (and I mean that!!!) cliffhanger ending, I didn’t hate. In fact, it just makes me want book three even more. I guess I’ll wait a year like everyone else. If you enjoyed book one or enjoy fairy mythology blended with real historical facts, a little romance, and a lot of suspense, I highly recommend this book/series. You won’t be disappointed!!!
Interview with the Authors
Lillian: Thank you Jasmine and Colet for being here today! I know you have a busy day what with the release of The Dark King so I’ll get us started. Tell me a little about yourselves. You know, what do you do when you’re not writing an amazing YA series?
Lillian: As are we Colet. Were there any books or authors that influenced you growing up?
Lillian: I was a Blume girl as well, but what girl isn’t? Fae is such a unique retelling fairy mythology, and I love that you blended it so well with the history of the Lost Colony. Where do you get your ideas from?
Lillian: Is there anything in your books that’s based on real-life experience or is it purely imagination?
Lillian: One of my favorite parts in the series so far, comes during book one and it’s the back and forth banter between Teddy and Caroline. What were your favorite parts to write?
Lillian: I loved that scene too! There wasn’t much I didn’t love about your series. But if you could go back and do it over, is there anything you would want to change?
Lillian: I completely agree 🙂 Now I would love to hear more about Famous’s back story because it seems there is more to him than meets the eye. Is there a character or theme you would like to revisit?
Lillian: Jasmine, I loved that scene. I laughed out loud reading it and read it aloud to my husband who also laughed. It’s similar to what happened between my husband and me. What’s up next for the Abedi sisters?
Lillian: Wow! Again you are busy ladies! And Ridley Scott?! How exciting is that!! Can’t wait to see Devilyn and Caroline on the big screen 🙂 Obviously there’s been a lot of praise for your books, but with anything that is put out for the world to see you get criticism. What is some of the hardest criticism you’ve faced now that you are published authors?
Lillian: (((smiles))) Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Lillian: Now for the hard questions (((deadpans)))…..Favorite Color?
Lillian: Favorite TV Show?
Lillian: Favorite Movie?
Lillian: Favorite place to write?
Lillian: If you could only choose one book, what would it be and why?
Lillian: Last question, and possibly the most important one….what brand of cereal best describes you and why?
Lillian: Thank you ladies for taking time out of your busy day to be here! And readers, check below for your chance to win a copy of their newest book The Dark King.