The second Faeriewalker novel.
Dana Hathaway is stuck in a safe house underground. As the only faeriewalker currently in existence, Dana is not only valuable, but a threat, for she is the only one able to bring technology into the land of Faerie and bring magic back out into the mortal world. She lives in Avalon, the border town where Fae and mortals live together, under the care of her Fae father whom she met only recently. Running away from home and an alcoholic mother may not have been the best idea.
To make matters worse, the Erlking has come to Avalon. He and his Wild Hunt are the nightmare of Faerie, and are prevented from murdering at will by an ancient and secret pact. He can, however, kill with the Queens’ blessing, and they just might want Dana dead. Those who are foolish enough to attack him are captured, subjected to his will, and become part of his Hunt.
When the Erlking tricks one of Dana’s friends into attacking him, Ethan becomes a prisoner of the Wild Hunt. Dana’s guilt will drive her to find a way to free Ethan, a Fae boy she both despises and is attracted to, but what the Erlking wants in return may be even more sinister than Dana at first realizes.
The book starts off with teen drama, but I was surprised by the development of Ethan being taken by the Wild Hunt, as it’s said no one has ever been released from it. Even though Ethan is a player and full of himself, you can’t help but want Dana to find a way to save him. Only, one should always know that a deal with the Fae is never as simple as it seems. Dana’s careless actions are frustrating at times, but she’s a teenager. She doesn’t completely trust her father yet, and her mother is useless as a parent. It’s small wonder she feels the need to act on her own.
I’d say the book was a light, enjoyable read. And things certainly get worse for Dana by the end, leaving the reader to wonder just how she’ll get out of this mess now.
If you want to read a little more about the Erlking myth, T.F. Walsh posted about him earlier this week in her Mythical Creatures series.