76 points, 4 stars
Eddi McCandry is a musician, and when coming home from a gig one night, she runs into the fae. Now they want to use her in the war between Seelie and Unseelie. She is just a musician, what possible use could they have for her?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I’m reading this for the r/urbanfantasy book club. I typically avoid older urban fantasy, or older anything really. I could really tell this was an older book. The word choices are completely different than what we would choose today. The story itself have remarkable similarities, though. I amused myself while reading this by coming up with all the ways this is similar to other series I have read in the genre. There are many of the tropes we have come to know and love (or hate), but this is the precursor to many.
Eddi is an okay main character. For urban fantasy, she is different than what you see today. She isn’t a detective, she isn’t a vampire slayer. She didn’t stumble into some grand adventure she just couldn’t stay away from. She is just a chick with a guitar and a really good voice, and was chosen for a goal. Eddi has normal, everyday worries like how is she going to make money, transportation, and her friends. Then there is the added stress of what the fae want from her. She isn’t the best character in this book, that would be the Phouka. She is full of flaws, but she is the one the fae chose.
This book surprised me with how much the romance subplot took up. It shouldn’t have, perhaps. It has just as much romance as modern urban fantasy does. However, I haven’t seen as much hate on for this book as I have for others in the genre regarding the romance. But, that is another long drawn out randt, and this isn’t the place. It is, perhaps, a bit of a obvious romance from the start. I liked it, it was cute and fulfilling. It is the romance that most of us, perhaps, want in our lives.
I’ll confess that I didn’t give one lick about the band and music aspects of this story. I was rather bored by it all, honestly. It isn’t really anything that personally interests me. I find it weird that song lyrics are in a book, anyway. Maybe I’m not.. knowledgeable about late 80s music, but I could not even tell if those were real lyrics or not. I just didn’t care enough to bother even look them up. I will give her props if she made it all up though, that isn’t easy.
I loved the fae. You may not know this, but I absolutely love fae in my series. They’re my favourite urban fantasy creature. This book did not disappoint me. I’m often disappointed with fae in urban fantasy. They’re always written so poorly. I loved the way Emma Bull wrote these fae, so much. It is my favourite part of the entire book. Every bit with the fae in it was a bit I was hanging on to every word on.
The ending, though. Wow, was I caught off guard by that ending. The book is very serious the whole way through until that ending. It felt like an anime ending. I seriously stopped and laughed for five minutes solid when I got to that proposal. It felt so cheesy. I was not expecting that at all. I was expecting a more… tragic ending than I got. Just, this is such an old book, how does it have an anime ending? I’m still in awe of this fact.
This was definitely worth reading the once. I enjoyed the story, but I don’t believe I’ll read it again. I may check out more of Emma Bull’s urban fantasy works, though. Especially if it will give me more good fae.