September 28, 2011

Review: Sirensong by Jenna Black

Sirensong (Faeriewalker, Book 3) by Jenna Black


Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
ISBN: 0312575955
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Sirensong
Goodreads: Sirensong

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


The love square comes to an end!!  Nothing brings me more pleasure when a painful love triangle comes to end, or so I thought.   It brings me greater pleasure when a terrible love square ends!!  It is a great thing for this series since I love it so much.

What’s not so great is that it’s not Ethan who gets the can, no I think Dana actually loves him more.  It’s my dear Keane, but in this case it’s OK.  As a team Keane fan, I think I can speak for us all when I say he went to a better love interest.  In defense of Ethan, he’s actually grownup a lot.  The ordeal of being under the Erklings thumb has matured him, that doesn’t mean he loses those annoying-boy-wine moments.  It’s safe to say he still gets on my nerves, but I can deal with him now.  The role of the Erkling really gets confusing in Sirensong. His actions are still pretty self serving, but he does things that make you wonder about him.  Maybe deep down—past his scheming and manipulative core—he’s a decent guy.  Well . . . enough that I can say I don’t feel too guilty for swooning over him.  After all he killed that nasty bargain about Dana’s virginity dilemma. Thank you!!

Another great thing is that Dana’s magical powers are used more and we get to see them develop.  Her ability to make the Faye mortal is chilling, and she’s started to add a little more  “physical” power behind it.   The magic of the fairy realm also gets explored, though it stays firmly within the Seelie Court.  It’s pretty much the standard “vision” of the fiarie realm.  You know lots of forests, house made to blend in, the vegetation is commanded to move and do what they want, and the Seelie court is a towering fortress.  Still it’s lots of fun, I for one never get tired of it.

While I don’t think Sirensong is as good as the second book—Shadawspell—it’s definitely another great entry to the series.  However, author Jenna Black states Sirensong is the last entry.   It’s truly sad.  Black’s series has to be one of the most unique takes on fairies in the Urban Fantasy genre.   Painful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this series dying before it even gets a decent chance.  Worse series get dragged out, and yet the publishers don’t want to endorse this one.    Here’s to crossing my fingers that the Faeriewalker books will rise from the ashes and get a second chance.  After all this book finished up enough not to be a painful end, but there’s clearly more places it NEEDS to go.

Sexual Content:  Kana thinks a lot about sex, a lot.  Dana has a few make out scenes and she walks in on someone(s) clearly just finishing up with a bedroom scene.  There is elitist/family abuse in this book, at times it made me grimace.

Rating: 3/5 Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Glimmerglass (Book 1)
Shadowspell (Book 2)




Erlking said...

Actually, her name is Dana, not Kana.

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

Wow! I can't believe I let that slide by!! Sometimes when you self edit you just do stupid things.

Thanks for the heads up.