I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own. You can read my reviews for book 1 here and book 2 here and book 3 here.
Calla Larkenwood wants nothing more than to be a guardian, but her overprotective mother has never allowed it. Battling fae creatures is too dangerous a job for a young girl, and there’s that pesky magical ability she needs to keep hidden from the Guild. How can she do that if she’s working right under their nose?
When circumstances change and Calla finally gets to follow her dream, she discovers guardian trainee life isn’t all she hoped it would be. Her classmates are distant, her mentor hates her, and keeping her ability a secret is harder than she thought. Then an Underground initiation game goes wrong, landing Calla with a new magical ability she can’t control. She needs help—and the only way to get it is by bargaining with the guy who just discovered her biggest secret.
We’re back in Creepy Hollow. Only this is 10 years after the war and the guardians have rebuilt their guilds and they are in the process of trying to bring everything back to normal. But how can there be a return to normal after the war. This story isn’t about Violet, though we do see her. 🙂 We see her and Ryn and it is so good to see the direction that their lives have taken. This story is actually about Calla, Ryn’s little sister that they had to save from the first book.
Calla wants nothing more in life than to be a guardian. Her dad used to be a guardian, her brother was a guardian, her sister-in-law was a guardian. Only thing standing in her way was her mom. Her mom didn’t want Calla anywhere NEAR the guild. It didn’t help that crazy things always happened around Calla. But that changes one day and Calla gets her chance.
Being a guardian trainee, though, isn’t all that she thought it would be and it was harder to break past the prejudices of her classmates than the actual training. But when something goes horribly wrong, she finds herself having to rely on someone who she probably shouldn’t. And she has no choice because he knows her darkest secret. The one that could cost her spot training to be a guardian.
I liked Calla, and I liked the new characters that we meet, Ned and Perry and Gemma and Chase. Chase is a complex character, there are many layers to him that we’ve yet to see, and I’m going to be 100% honest, I TRULY have no idea how I feel about him. So we’ll see in upcoming books.
Ms. Morgan brings us back to Creepy Hollow, but it’s a vastly different place than when we were first introduced to it and when we last left it. I will say that this followed a little more of a predictable path, but when twists were thrown my way, I was floored. Positively gobsmacked and torn. I TRULY don’t know how to feel. I don’t know how I feel about the end of book three now, or the end of this one. I don’t know….shoot, I just don’t know. So I am waiting impatiently for book 5. Because oh holy! So would I recommend this book? Yes I would. I know that this isn’t about Violet and her story, but to really appreciate this book and the plot twists and developments, you really NEED to. Zero smooching (can’t really count Zed. It was one-sided.) So this is like the others, perfectly good for the teen in your life that loves stories of the Fae.
Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her–after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.
She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.