Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is gone. He’s been taken to some mythic place for warriors called Valhalla, where Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. It’s just not going to be easy.
Meanwhile, Bedford needs its warriors more than ever, since a group of evil pixies is devastating the place, with teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent. But even if Zara and her friends can find the way to Valhalla, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to leave with her? Especially considering she hasn’t turned into just any pixie . . . She’s Astley’s queen.
At the end of the last book Zara had changed into a pixie in order to find a way to rescue Nick. This one picks up right where the last one left off. Throughout the book Zara and her pixie king, Astley, run into several obstacles and catastrophes that severely hinder their quest for Nick. Meanwhile Frank's pixies are still wreaking havoc on the town and it's up to Zara and Astley and their pixies to protect everyone. It's an uphill battle that won't be solved anytime soon, but they must try
When I read a series that has a love triangle I typically choose one guy almost right away, and stick with that choice. I rarely change my mind after that initial decision. However, after reading this book I find myself wanting to "switch sides". While I still like Nick, I'm just really starting to question whether or not he would be the best choice for Zara. Before he was taken to Valhalla, he was always coddling her and treating her like she is helpless. Astley on the other hand has always accepted her for who she is and doesn't try to stop her from doing what she feels she needs to. He also has been extremely understanding and supportive from the start, and continued to help Zara on her quest to save Nick, even at a great cost to himself. With Nick she is going to have to hide who she really is, but Astley accepts her completely. Perhaps in time, Nick could prove himself to be the best choice, but for now, I really just don't think he is.
Zara really started to come into her own in this book. She learned time and time again the meaning of sacrifice and that all choices have consequences. Yes, for most of the book she did have "blinders" on in her search for a way to rescue Nick, but as time went on she really started to open her eyes and realize that there may just be more important things. By the end she shows a little of her potential as queen. As long as she remembers that the good of everyone is more important than any one individual, then I think she will be a very strong Queen for her people, as well as force for the side of good.
All in all this was a pretty good book, with just a little repetitiveness, but that really didn't detract from the overall story. It set things up nicely for the next installment, and really brought the love triangle theme into full effect. It will be interesting to see Zara's choices and how she handles her new responsibilities. If you enjoyed the first two books, this one shouldn't disappoint, and will most likely make you question who is best for Zara.