The plot of this story is a bit convoluted. There are three worlds: the fae world, where fae are trapped by Sorcerers, the real world, and the “in between” world, where some families live. I’m not sure if those families are the “fae-touched,” which are referred to several times throughout the book, or just humans in an in-between place. I know they live very old-fashioned courtly lives, with women as property and general bad stuff.
Cathy runs away from her family and lives in the real world until a fae forces her to return home. Will is her betrothed and has very little plot. Sam is a regular person who accidentally witnesses a fae kidnapping. Max is an arbitor – someone who enforces the law of no magic in the real world. It’s unclear who can do magic (just sorcerers? the fae-touched? just some of the people in the in-between?).
I first heard of this book back in December when Jason and I went to Austin for our anniversary. I read a bit of it at Barnes & Nobles, enjoyed it well enough, and checked it out from the library when I got home. I read a bit more, and got to one scene about a hundred pages in, and that scene completely did me in. It involves Cathy forced to break up with her real-world boyfriend, Josh. The problem was that Josh was not a well-thought-out character. He comes up to her and says, “Let’s do stuff and then have lunch.” Wait, really? The argument that follows – several pages of it – is the most convoluted and unrealistic thing I’ve ever read. I can’t imagine an argument that is less stilted.
Unfortunately, the book doesn’t improve from that point. I quit reading it back in December/January, but recently Stephanie gave me her copy and wanted me to read it, so I decided to give it another try. I forgot about that awful argument, and since Stephanie enjoyed the book, I thought maybe it would improve. I reread everything I’d already read just so I’d be up on the plot (which I kinda remembered), and again, enjoyed it – up until that argument. From then on out, I just didn’t like it. The story was interesting, but the characters and world didn’t seem fully fleshed out. The dialogue and human interactions were stilted. The story itself was interesting, and I’ll discuss it with Stephanie, but I doubt I’ll be reading on in the series.