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Review: Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow

Title: Roadside Magic

Author: Lilith Saintcrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Gallow and Ragged (Book #2)

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Format: Paperback, 323 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316277878 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316277877 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.

But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh…

Quick & Dirty: Robin is being hunted, can Gallow reach her before the hunter does?

Opening Sentence: The thing lying before her was no longer sidhe.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Robin is planning her revenge against Summer for Sean and Puck for Daisy. Daisy, the little sister that Gallow married and loved, and now he attempts to court her as well. But Robin is haunted as well as hunted and as she revisits her childhood haunts, she finds that the her old home has been attacked as well. It doesn’t surprise her that Summer is so vindictive. Robin then remakes the changeling that took Sean’s place into a cu sidhe.

Gallow is chasing Robin, but he is moving slower as the wound he took for her is spreading poison throughout his body. He is pissed when he finds that his childhood friend Crenn is hunting Robin as well. When they find her at the goblin’s market they work together to save her from Unwinter, then Crenn steals her away. Gallow makes a deal with Unwinter for Robn’s protection, but it is too late with her being taken into summer.

He finds Puck alive and well and wanting to work with him to find Robin, but during the course of that he finds that Puck was behind Daisy’s death and their alliance falls apart. Meanwhile, the plague has unleashed itself full force in Summer’s boundaries. Gallow is racing against time with his poisoned wound to find and save Robin. Will he be able too?

I found this second book in the series to be much better than the first one, and it tied things together nicely. It also cleared up some of the questions you get in the first book. I will not of course reveal those because I hate spoilers. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in book 3, because so far the plague just seems to be a background issue. It’s really more about Robin and Gallow and how they are tied together and their sort of love story.

There is no romance in this book either, but they do dance quite a bit more in this one. I see why Robin is leery as she is a dead ringer for Daisy, her little sister and his dead wife. I still like them though and I still feel like there is quite a bit of untapped potential in this series. I am still not sure if I get the trailer park references because other than occasionally, the series really seems to have nothing to do with trailer parks.

Notable Scene:

Certainly Summer had sworn so there were two possibilities: The Queen had a further use for the Ragged… or vengeance. And while Summer had uses for all who came into her snow-white, grasping hands, only the latter would move a queen to spend such attention on a small nagging detail when her wider realm was in danger of rotting on the vine.

Gallow and Ragged Series:

1. Trailer Park Fae

2. Roadside Magic

3. Wasteland King

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FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Roadside Magic. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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