Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.
As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.
But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.
Warnings: mention of torture, body horror, violence
When Cecile’s breaking of Anushka’s curse freed the trolls from Trollus, it also opened the doors to the faerie realms, and the Isles face war on multiple fronts. As Tristan takes the reins of his position as troll king in Triannon, he is trying to figure out which of their enemies – Thibault, the Winter Queen and Angouleme they should be facing first. Cecile herself feels responsible for creating the situation in the first place so she throws herself into helping out however she can. However, there are sometimes disconnections in their plan – as they act independently, and then with magic Cecile diminishes the bond on Tristan temporarily – which leads to some confusion for a lot of the first half. Their respective favors owed to the Winter and Summer monarchs also mean they aren’t sure where they fit into the fued between those two faeries, and how it would affect their plans on the Isle.
This book had less of an interaction between our two leads, as they are fighting a war together, but quite apart from each other. Cecile goes up against trolls with her magic, while Tristan goes up against faeries with his wits – both have to face adversaries more powerful and them, and yet have to prevail for their people. The fight takes them up and down the Isle, going from Triannon to Trollus back and forth (which actually made me question how close they are). As the book was nearing its climax, though, I felt the build up of the threat that the trolls presented in the first two books was mitigated too easily in this one; it was an interesting way to resolve the issue, but it also felt very generalized, as there was no nuance over the stances of the various trolls in the place. I couldn’t believe they ALL agreed to that plan. The ending itself was bittersweet, and was nicely done.
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