July 9, 2016 by evesummers
Olive’s to-do list: Feed the cat. Pay the rent. Save Faythander. Again.
After Olive’s last trip through Faythander, she wants nothing more than a nice vacation. But there’s never time for relaxation when goblin treachery is afoot. When Geth, a goblin Spellweaver, destroys the Everblossom—a tree containing Faythander’s pure magic—the fairy-world utopia begins to die. The bloom of the Everblossom is all that remains of pure magic. Now Olive must travel through Earth and Faythander to find a place where it will flourish.
As a psychiatrist, her skills are top notch. However, her abilities to handle patients with abnormal mental behaviors will be put to the test when she confronts Geth. Nothing has prepared her for what he reveals to her about goblins and elves. As Olive’s quest takes her from her home in Houston through the most dangerous places in Faythander, she learns that history is a muddled subject, especially when elves are involved.
Her only comfort comes from Kull, her Viking warrior sidekick—who somehow negates her bad fortune. Yet how long can their relationship last when his past is brought to light? Olive will be tested beyond anything she has endured so far, as the secrets of Faythander’s sordid and bloody past are exposed—one that could irrevocably alter the future and destroy the lives of everyone she loves.
Author: Tamara Grantham
Series: Fairy World MD #2
Having read the first of this series, I was excited to dive into this one. The world Grantham has created is pretty great, not like any other fantasy series I’ve ever read, and I’m very much enjoying Olive’s story and character development. There were instances of emotion and some shocking parts, with the ending in particular being unexpected and the best part.
However, this time round I found it a little slower, with some parts being too conveniently solved and some lore added which seemed to serve no purpose other than an easy get out or extra detail which seems to be significant but really isn’t. Similarly, there really needed to be more romance between Olive and Kull, as although they had chemistry in the first book, there was very little in this one, and very few scenes with any romantic interaction at all.
I will be finishing the series as it’s been set up well and is intriguing me, and despite its downsides this was still a very enjoyable read.