95 points/100 (5/5 stars!)
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After losing his girlfriend in an accident, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County in search of a song rumored to help his pain. Mistaken for a Tufa by most, and displaying some odd abilities to see Tufa magic, Rob is able to get closer to them than any human has in a long time, if ever. One of those secrets just happen to me a strange, feral child in the woods and a man who can steal a wife away.
This is just as good and interesting a story as the first! I enjoyed it just as much. I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying reading these. I sit down, and I don’t want to stop reading because as soon as it starts, I’m completely immersed. The ability Bledsoe has to write a world that complete encaptures me is amazing.
The big strength of Wisp of a Thing is that the main character for this, Rob, isn’t actually Tufa. He doesn’t have a single drop of the blood in him. Ever though he looks Tufa, he never actually is revealed to amazingly be Tufa after all, because he isn’t. That means we can see them and learn about them from a completely outside perspective. Rob does end up with some abilities to see their magic, and as a consequence, to see them. He’ll be forever changed by the experiences in this book.
We learn a lot more about the Tufa in this book. Secrets that were hinted at in The Hum and the Shiver are revealed more fully here. We learn they are stronger and more powerful than we thought, because the first made it seem that they were much more focused on themselves than they are, magically. We also see just how human and inhuman they are. I love these fae!
Once again, there are several plots that are all interwoven. We have Rob, who is looking to ease the guilt and pain of the death of a love one. We have Bliss, who is caught up in all this, and doesn’t know what to do because she isn’t actually the leader, she is the regent. We also have the cursed one, the feral almost child, who just happens to be Bliss’s sister. Her story, Curnen’s story, is the most horrifying, though. You couldn’t wish that horror, that hell on anyone.
I was disappointed we didn’t see more of the minister and the soldier from book one. I knew they weren’t going to be the focus of this book. Yet, they were barely mentioned and barely showed up. They were acknowledged, at best. For a reader who craves to hear from the previous characters again every book, this was sad.
I really wish I were better at music. So much of the story is based in music. I just don’t understand it. I have to read it three times just to get the words through my head. It frustrates me, and it is my own fault. I’m just venting now. I feel like if I could just figure out the music, it would open up an entire new world for me in this series.
I was a bit disappointed in the end, though. It wasn’t as strong as The Hum and the Shiver’s. I felt it left a lot undecided, though I feel like they will probably show up again by the end of the series. The lead up to the end was perfect, though. I was riveted.