"Another stunning chapter in Katherine Harbour's dark and mystical faerie world"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted June 15, 2015
Romance Contemporary | Romance Paranormal
Serafina "Finn" Sullivan thought she'd faced the worst,
between her sister's suicide and the dark secrets about
the Fata family in her new home of Fair Hollow. Finn
knows all too well that the supernatural is real but
things seem to have settled down just a bit in Fair
Hollow. Unfortunately, it's just the calm before the
storm as Finn is about to risk everything and everyone to
uncover the truth about her sister.
BRIAR QUEEN is the second book in Katherine Harbour's
Night and Nothing series. I highly suggest reading
the series in order as Katherine Harbour's faerie world
is a complex one, full of shifting alliances and
relationships. A general overview is provided but events
from the first book are frequently referenced,
particularly the atrocities committed by Reiko Fata and
her court. The glossary of names and Fata words is
particularly helpful, along with the list of characters
that indicates both nicknames and whether one is a
professor, blessed, or Fata.
Katherine Harbour's lyrical storytelling is once again an
integral part of the success of BRIAR QUEEN. Katherine
Harbour weaves in various faerie mythology and lore and I
particularly love the way she utilizes poetry in BRIAR
QUEEN. I found myself revisiting poems such as Christina
Rossetti's "Goblin Market" and finding new appreciation
for them within the context of Katherine Harbour's
I can't rave enough about the vibrant and lush world
building in BRIAR QUEEN! Katherine Harbour takes readers
into the darkness and shows us how love glimmers as the
hope that can conquer all, no matter the odds. We visit
the Ghostlands in BRIAR QUEEN and oh, what a horrifying
and eerie world, where fluctuating timelines and
realities are the norm. The horrors of stitchery and the
Jacks and Jills crafted by the Fatas are nightmare-
BRIAR QUEEN is another stunning chapter in Katherine
Harbour's dark and mystical faerie world. Set aside some
time for reading as BRIAR QUEEN is the sort of tale you
sink into and savor each and every word. Words have power
and Katherine Harbour shows this in multiple ways through
her marvelous storytelling. If you like your faerie tales
dark and disturbingly beautiful, then give BRIAR QUEEN a
try. I can't wait to see what is in store next in the
Night and Nothing series!
The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn
the first novel in the Night and Nothing series,
in this bewitching follow upâ€”an intriguing blend of
Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland,
A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dreamâ€”in which Finn Sullivan
that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous
otherworld . . .
Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to
escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Roseâ€™s
suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair
New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected
Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect
concealed an eerie supernatural worldâ€”and at its center,
wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.
Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to
Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too
to resist. To save him, Finnâ€”a girl named for the angels
a brave Irish princeâ€”banished a cabal of malevolent
to shadows, freeing him from their diabolical grip.
Now, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to
a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than
be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. Itâ€™s
the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter
outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down
rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies .
. straight towards the shocking truth about her sisterâ€™s
Lush and gorgeously written, featuring star-crossed
and the collision of the magical and the mundane, Briar
Queen will appeal to the fans of Cassandra Clareâ€™s
bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Melissa Marrâ€™s
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