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Review: Sirensong

Sirensong by Jenna Black is the third book in the Faeriewalker series. It will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (At B&N, the eBook is separately available here.)

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

***Goodreads description is spoiler-y***

Goodreads 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 niece, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for her lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court catch up with her? Or, worse, the Erlking? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

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The last place Dana Hathaway ever imagined she’d have to go was Faerie. With both Queens of Faerie trying to kill her, she never thought her father would accept an invitation to visit Queen Titania of the Seelie Court.

Being presented at Court is supposed to be an honor, but when you are a Faeriewalker, like she is, the reason for the invitation is definitely suspect. And although they were promised safe passage and an escort, including Prince Henry himself and his Knights, traveling through Faerie is not likely to be as easy as everyone seems to believe.

As much as Dana would prefer to leave her friends behind, to keep them safe from harm, knowing that they’d be coming with her makes this perilous journey somewhat less frightening. And even though she and Ethan are even more at risk due to the Erlking’s influence in Faerie, just having him there with her makes her feel more secure.

But when a surprise attack nearly costs Dana her life and the life of her friends, the feeling of foreboding she has gets stronger. If the Queen’s promise of safety can’t even protect her son and his entourage, how can she possibly think she’ll make it to the Seelie Court, let alone make it back to Avalon, with her life, and her secrets, intact.

If Dana can’t figure out how to protect herself from the politics of Faerie and keep her friends out of harm’s way, none of them may ever see Avalon again. And if she can’t keep her distance from the Erlking, she may become the Wild Hunt’s next rider.

And she thought things in Avalon were complicated.

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Sirensong, the third book in the Faeriewalker series, takes readers on another exciting adventure with Dana Hathaway – this time leaving the relative safety of Avalon for the significantly more dangerous world of Faerie.

The story picks up just shortly after everything that transpired with the Erlking and the Wild Hunt in Shadowspell. Dana is still living in her safe house, continuing to train with Keane and trying to figure out a way out of the bargain she made with the Erlking.

As she heads off to Faerie with her father and her friends, Dana is still keeping secrets about just what happened with the Erlking, secrets that may put more than just her friendships on the line. And leaving behind her alcoholic mother, who refuses to even admit she has a problem, makes Dana even more worried about what she’ll be returning home to, if she is even allowed to return.

Sirensong is a bewitching story of Faerie magic, heroism, bravery, love and friendship. As Dana tries to navigate the complex landscape of Faerie, she learns more about the power of honesty, about who she is, what she is capable of, and the importance of friendship.

Jenna Black has written yet another charming and completely captivating story in the series. There are a few surprises, someone new to keep an eye on, and a slightly darker turn for one of the character. And although this installment may not have quite as steamy a scene as there was in Shadowspell, there is just as much tension and a few heart-racing moments that will entice.

This book is a must read for fans of the series and for readers who enjoy an enchanting adventure through the magical world of Faerie, with a bit of a mystery to piece together, a few ulterior motives to uncover, and a heroine who is brave, incredibly determined, and who has some pretty cool powers.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

This series is such a yummy distraction from reality. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s so easy to caught up in the adventure. And this one is definitely an adventure.

Finally Dana gets to go into Faerie. I couldn’t wait to see how the author treated this magical place. And although I didn’t get to see a lot of Faerie I loved her take and was completely sucked into the journey – Green Ladies, Brownies, Bogles and all.

The author does a great job at the beginning of filling in all the pieces, so that you technically don’t have to read the first couple of books in order to read this one, but I still wouldn’t recommend skipping them. As much as you can get caught up with the story, you won’t have developed your connection with the characters. And you won’t really know Ethan, Keane or Kimber enough understand why they react as they do.

If you’re reading all three books in one sitting, the rehash may slow the pace, which doesn’t really pick up steam until they leave for Faerie, but if it’s been awhile between books it is super helpful.

Once Dana arrived in Faerie I was not able to put the book down. And between her practice fights with Keane and how Ethan dealt with his jealousy, there were some seriously entertaining and laugh out loud moments.

After Shadowspell, the Erlking, also known as Arawn, was my second favorite character, but now I think he’s my favorite. I still love Dana, but the flawed half-mortal that she is, is really no competition for the age-old leader of the Wild Hunt. He’s conniving, he’s gorgeous, he’s wicked cool and he seems absolutely intrigued by Dana. Maybe even a little frightened of her, though he’d never admit it.

Dana is still lovable, with her sarcasm, lack of interest in all things girlie, and her tough and determined streak. And I like that she seems to be getting more of a dark side – maybe it’s her faerie half shining through. I’m interested to see where that might lead, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a fourth book.

But as this story wraps up without a cliffhanger, I’m now terrified to think that there might not be a book four. I still think there are more adventures to be had with more story left to tell, I just hope the author does too.

So, in order to keep my hope alive, I’ll just say I can’t wait to read the next book in the Faeriewalker series.

And yes, I realize that Dana and the Erlking would probably not be the best couple – she’s young and he’s ancient – but still, their personalities make them a great match.

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To read an excerpt for Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to check out my review for Glimmerglass, click here, Remedial Magic, click here, or Shadowspell, click here. (Yeah, I love this series!)

This review is based on an ARC received by the publisher.

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