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Review: Wasteland King by Lilith Saintcrow

Title: Wasteland King

Author: Lilith Saintcrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Gallow and Ragged (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316277916 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316277914 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow’s dark fantasy series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow’s services for a very delicate mission — and the prize for success is survival itself.

In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable…

Quick & Dirty: In the epic conculsion Gallow will do the unthinkable to save Robin.

Opening Sentence: The assassin and the redhaired girl burst onto the shuttered dark fairway, and Crenn almost thought they had a shot at escaping unseen-until the shadows at the far end, under the Ferris wheel’s spidery bulk, birthed a cold gleam and clawed silvershod hoofbeats rang on packed dirt.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Crenn has just helped Robin escape from Summer, and held off Winter’s hunters.  Gallow awakes in Winter, the poison gone and makes a deal with Winter in order to save her. Before he leaves Winter, he pulls out the horn and uses it to call the Wild Hunt. He then takes off running to outwit them. Robin finds her way into Winter and also makes a deal with him, she must get the Jewel of Summer with Illara’s help.

The Slaugh are loose and Gallow is on a desperate run to stay ahead of them, when he runs into Crenn. Crenn decides to help Gallow stay alive and ahead of the Hunt when yet another of Summer’s knights joins them and helps them once Gallow tells him that Puck is dead. Robin hopes that Gallow is alive, but she knows that she must help Winter in order to stop the war that is happening.

UnWinter has unfurled the black flags of war, and led Winter to war against Summer. The plague is still running rampant throughout both courts, and UnWinter suspects that Summer is behind it and he will have his vengeance no matter the cost. It all leads to a final showdown with Gallow, UnWinter, Summer and Robin. Will Gallow’s choice cost them everything? Will Robin be able to get Summer’s Jewel?

I enjoyed this one. I only have two minor complaints or make that three. First, the trilogy is kind of a slow burn, it is filled with action, but it doesn’t seem to make much progress until this book and then it all gets wrapped up in a hurry. Which, leads to my second complaint, I was a tad unsatisfied with the ending. I wanted more. My last complaint is Gallow does all this stuff to save Robin, and so does Crenn and yet zero romance… I mean none that was kind of hard. Granted Gallow and Robin spend the majority of all three books being no where near each other. I just wanted something between them.

Overall, I enjoyed every minute of this series. I enjoyed the main characters, even if I didn’t necessarily understand what motivated them. I liked the twists and changes, and I really liked that the Half were so prominent and powerful in this trilogy.

Notable Scene:

Silver-glinting, curled and chambered the Horn grew heavier, neck-chain thickening as it took its true shape. The Steward hissed and fell back, and Gallow didn’t even feel good about the way the other sidhe ran pell-mell for the interior of the Keep adn whatever precarious safety the black lacework bulk of stone could provide. He tipped the Horn back and forth, watching the play of light on its surfaces, as he stepped over Unwinter’s threshold and onto the bridge.

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 Wasteland King. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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