Genny’s an expert at ‘cracking’ spells, but when it comes to ‘cracking’ an 80-year-old curse she knows she’s in trouble.
On the surface, Genny’s life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London’s fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm.
Then a faeling – a teenage girl – is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim – herself!
I had a tough, tough time getting into this book. I think I was a good 150 pages in before I started even marginally caring about the characters again. While I freely admit that this could be entirely my fault (I did skip book 2 in the series and a lot of the references to those events had little to no impact on me) and I know that the curse on the faelings is a HUGE part of the story, I was heartily sick of the references to breeding and how all the fae wanted to jump Genny just to knock her up and break the curse. While we’re on the subject, Genny is awful accepting of all these people who want a piece of her. I wouldn’t be half as calm and collected in her place.
At heart, this is a very complex world with a lot (A LOT) of different components. The vampires, the fae, Goddesses, changelings. I love the layers in this world but it does make it tough when you’re coming in short one book. On top of all the different factions of critters, the characters all seem to have about a billion different names that they go by. It gets hard to keep track of who’s who. Half the time I don’t think Genny knows the name of who she’s dealing with.
This was by no means a bad book in terms of writing but I never connected with either the characters or the investigation Genny was following up on. My biggest problem was that Genny was so accepting of both the magic used against her (for her own good, naturally) and the fact that everyone who potentially could conceive a child with her was trying to get in her pants. And the one person who she wants who can’t make little baby Gennys totally rebuffs her. It made my head spin. Not in a good way.