From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
Urban fantasy is one of those genres I like more in theory than in practice, and New Adult is not one of my favourites at the best of times. City of Fae has an interesting concept though (once you get into it), and that was just enough to keep me reading.
There were a lot of cliches in the story that I don’t generally like – love triangles/quadrangles, bad-boy-rockstar-demigod-musician, vague reasons why This Relationship Cannot Be – but the overall story itself was reasonably fresh.
I didn’t like the main character much, Alina is quite a bit of an idiot and has a recurring theme of “I know this thing is bad but I’m going to do it anyway, and then complain when it goes bad.” While I didn’t exactly predict the twist at the end, I wasn’t surprised by it either. It was more like turning a corner and finding a sheep standing on the side of the road instead of behind the fence.
Part of me is curious whether the story will be continued (and how), but I really doubt I’ll go out of my way to hunt anything down if/when it’s released.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.