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by J.C. Nelson
Ace Fantasy, $7.99 mass market pb, 283pp
Published: August 2015

This is the third book in a promising new debut series. Click here for the review of Free Agent and here for Armageddon Rules. There are some very interesting characters and concepts in this story.

Marissa works in partnership with a Fairy Godfather in a world of humans; thinly separated from a magical realm, and from the Fae realm.  The Fairy Godfather’s agency helps people with solutions.  And Marissa helps with those solutions.

All the trials and tribulations of the past two books come to roost in this last one.  The main focus is on Marissa’s handmaiden role to the Black Queen – the most evil fairy, ever.  She chose to willingly accept the role with the intention of finding a way to destroy the Queen; but, one of the ‘perks’ is a bracelet that links her to the Queen – whatever the Queen feels, Marissa will feel.

There’s also a war brewing.  The Witches want to kill all the Queens, the Queens really want to kill the only Witch-Queen, Marissa’s best friend, Ari.  The postal dwarves are highly disappointed in their Goddess’s attention to them and decide it’s kill-on-sight for “Goddess” Marissa.  And it’s hard to say which side the Werewolves will end up on.  But it turns out that there is a reason for the cheesewheel in the Agency refrigerator and it might just turn the tide for our heroes.

Ari is still trying to make headway with her love, who has ‘contact’ issues.  Marissa just wants alone time with Liam but that’s getting harder to come by. But, most definingly, Marissa finally understands what and who she is.  And it’s not good news.  Finding the will and strength to carry on may be the hardest task she’s ever had; especially since there’s no happy ending in sight. 

I enjoyed this whole story arc; the characters were the best part.  The plot did manage to get convoluted from time to time but the story was big and grim (pun intended) and without some of the humorous or snarky sidebars might have been unbearable.  I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author.  ~~ Catherine Book

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