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Holly Black and Ted Naifeh weave another masterful mix of fantasy and the unexpected.

After biding their time, the faeries have taken control of the human world. The fey and mortals might not be such good neighbors after all.

Rue's world is fragmenting. The fey have taken over her city, and now the humans must share. Her grandfather is gone. Her faerie mother is triumphant. Her human father is despondent. And her boyfriend? He would rather be eaten alive by mergirls than be with Rue.
Tension between the humans and faeries is growing, and Rue feels pulled in both directions. In some ways, she feels like her place is in the human world-with her friends, her father, and the humans who want to protect themselves. But then there's her fey half-with her beautiful, dangerous mother, the faeries, and her kinship with the natural world. Can Rue fix the rift between the fey and the humans? Or does she have the courage to continue her grandfather's interrupted plan?
Publisher: Graphix, 2012
ISBN: 9780439855679
Branch Call Number: YF BLAC

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FindingJane Jan 17, 2016

The action continues apace in this final installation of this trilogy. Rue is one confused woman and it’s no wonder, given her mixed-blood heritage. This book works on a mythical level and a deeper psychological one as well. While it was naïve of the fair folk to think they could simply take over a human town and conquer its denizens without a fight, it’s initially hard to see what’s so terrible about their presence. You see humans cavorting around naked dancing in a square and it seems like fun—until some of the Fair Folk start eating people.

Action paces itself compellingly alongside passages of thought and introspection as Rue comes to a drastic but workable solution to the problem of how mortals and the fae can live together. Rue’s choice signals loss, love, agony, triumph and defeat. Through conflict, pain and suffering she matures, even as she makes a choice about people who, like Peter Pan, will never grow up.

The illustrations are as good as ever. But at times I found human faces curiously expressionless, especially when characters talk about love. You’d think that love never brought anything but grief, heartache and headache, given all the lack of smiling that goes on when people talk about it. Sometimes, expression showed when people were getting hurt or angry—that seemed the extent of it. It fits in with the theme but I would have appreciated seeing real joy rather than mania.

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