Immediately after half-breed fae October Daye received an unprecedented title from the Summerlands Queen, Lily a dear friend and Lady of the Tea Gardens takes ill. As an Undine, Lily should be impervious to any illness yet her life is clearly, impossibly ebbing away. Daye pledges to keep Lily’s people safe but with other faeries including her liege’s
wife Luna becoming ill it is a promise she will be hard pressed to live up to. An urgent summons by Tybalt the local King of Cats reveals most of his court gravely ill and if Daye cannot find out why, it could spell the end to the Court of Cats. Nothing is certain beyond the distinct impression that somehow Oleander is behind it.
Brisk pacing, a delightful mix of characters and assorted family issues make for an entertaining read that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go to the very end. Daye’s relationship with Tybalt and her mother add a humanizing touch while hinting at a more complicated heritage then suspected. The general dark tone is lightened by touches of black humor while the subtle attraction between Daye and Tybalt add hints of romance without overplaying it. This is a strong addition to the series which is best enjoyed from the beginning while leaving readers to wonder what’s next.