Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

Save the world, Save Sonny, Save the theatre, Save yourself.  Tyff's advice pretty much sums up Kelley's role in Tempestuous, the third and final installment in the Wondrous Strange trilogy by Lesley Livingston.  Kelly has lied about not loving Sonny because she feels it is the best way to protect him from the truth and those that would hunt him down for his abilities.  Sonny takes off and finds himself drawn underground to a world inhabited by Lost Fae.  One little lie brings everything together and sets both Kelley and Sonny on the path to not only finding the truth about their enemies, but the truth about themselves.

I really enjoyed the end of this trilogy.  Livingston goes beyond wrapping everything up in a neat package and shows that her characters really have grown during their journey.  Both Kelley and Sonny learn from mistakes made in earlier parts of the their respective stories and even the Fae Royals are able to admit some wrongdoings.  Overall, the entire series was highly entertaining.  I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the Shakespeare references/parallels in each story.  Livingston writes her characters as complicated, yet trusting and inexperienced young people.  Kelley really grows from the somewhat insecure young actress into a young woman worthy of being Fae royalty.  Sonny also matures from the blind, trusting young guard into a man who sees beyond the surface of people and begins to understand their natures.  I am sorry to see the story end, but it does end well.  I look forward to see what else this author has to offer in the future.

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