Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Review: Sirensong by Jenna Black

Author: Jenna Black
Series: Faeriewalker (Book 3)
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (July 6, 2011)

Description: When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it's no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told . . .

The journey through Faerie is long―and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard's son, Keane, just can't seem to get along, and Kimber's crush on Keane isn't making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time . . . and makes it clear that he hasn't given up on making her his own.

Arriving at Titania's beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania's granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court―or, worse, the Erlking―catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

Sirensong is book three in Jenna Black's enchanting Faeriewalker series.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this final book in the Faeriewalker series. Dana has been invited to faerie to be presented to Queen Titania of the Seelie court by her son Prince Henry. Well, if "invited" is a code for come on your own or come in chains. She is not eager because both queen of faerie would prefer that she was dead because of her unusual faeriewalker powers.

She travels in Prince Henry's caravan with her father, bodyguard Finn, and friends Ethan, Kimber and Keane. That creates enough tension all on its own because Ethan and Keane don't get along - at all. Add that tension to the tension that comes from traveling in faerie and you have a situation that is ready to explode.

Dana is separated from the rest of the group when the caravan is attacked by bogles. She is rescued by the Erlking but not before she has to use her special magical gift to kill a bunch of the bogles who nearly catch up with her. She didn't know that the Erlking and his Wild Hunt were following the group. Since she made him a promise that she doesn't want to keep to free Ethan from his Wild Hunt, he isn't exactly the person she wants most to see.

Arriving at Titania's court puts the group in deeper danger. A banquet hosted by a faerie princess is disrupted by a bomb that could only have been brought to faerie by a faeriewalker, but Dana didn't do it. Blamed, and on the run with her friends, Dana has to find a way back to Avalon and the human world in order to be safe.

The problem is that Dana isn't willing to abandon anyone she cares for and her father and Finn are still at Titania's palace. When her friends are captured, she uses the Erlking's gift of a broach which makes her invisible to return to the palace to rescue them and find out who really is behind all of the plots to kill her.

Besides this action, Dana is also dealing with an alcoholic mother who doesn't think she has a drinking problem. She originally ran to her father in Avalon to get away from the responsibility of caring for her mother. She loves her mother but hates that she has no control over her alcoholism. Dana's personality makes her want to take care of those she loves but she can't take care of her mother. This failure makes her angry. I liked the way this problem was realistically resolved.

In fact, I like the way all of the various problems that Dana faced were resolved in this book. It made a nice conclusion to the series.

Favorite Quote:
I'd been angry with my mom for almost as long as I could remember. Angry at her drinking, angry at her neglect, angry at the way I had to function as the adult of the family from the time I was about four. Until I'd run away from home, I'd been real, real good at hiding that anger, stuffing it down inside me so I could do what I had to do to take care of her and run the household.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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