Darklight by Lesley LivingstonDarklight by Lesley Livingston


byLesley Livingston

Paperback | January 4, 2010

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In this sequel toWondrous Strange, Kelley Winslow finds her NYC acting career blossoming as she takes the lead inRomeo and Juliet. But she also finds herself desperately missing Sonny Flannery-who was forced back to the Faerie Otherworld, charged with a dangerous mission by Kelley's father, King Auberon.
When Kelley finds herself thrown into the Otherworld following a deadly chase in Central Park, her passionate reunion with Sonny is cut short. Ancient magick is stirring, and a dangerous enemy has Sonny and Kelley caught in a web of Faerie deception that could tear their love apart.

In spite of himself, Sonny knelt back down on the grass and glanced into the Faerie queen's improvised scrying pool. He had no wish to spy on Kelley. Still, he found he could not look away. . . . The wild, dangerous look on Kelley's face made her look so much like her mother that it gave Sonny a hollow feeling in the pit of his stomach. But not nearly as much as the last, lingering image that flared up in the water-the image of Kelley throwing her arms around another man.
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author ofStarlingandDescendant, the first two books in a darkly romantic trilogy set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Norse myth...
Title:DarklightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554683459

ISBN - 13:9781554683451

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just no pt 2 I wasn’t impressed with the first book but I have a habit of finishing series. I though that maybe with this being a sequel we would get to more character development or more in depth plot but no. There was just more and more plots added on top of each other and then bad character scenes. I’m sorry but I was cringing the whole time reading.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! A great sequel to the first book. This is another wonderful tale of faeries that is magical and romantic. Defiantly worth reading.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great sequel The faerie series featuring theater girl Kelley continues with this sequel. It is fun and since I have read the third and last installment, I get tell you that it is worth pursuing the series.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best faerie series out there Darklight picks up shortly after where Wondrous Strange left off, with Kelley still in New York City, and Sonny in Faerie chasing the remaining members of the Wild Hunt. Kelley is independent, brave, and sometimes stubborn, with a fiery personality. Her stubbornness and independence sometimes get her into trouble, and even though I admired her for it, I got exasperated with her every time she went into Central Park on her own, knowing the possible dangers. I felt for her as she missed Sonny and tried to carry on with her life without him, plus deal with the life-changing knowledge that she was a faerie princess. As with Wondrous Strange, I enjoyed that Darklight was told from alternating points of view, between Kelley in the mortal world, and Sonny in the Otherworld. I liked that we got to follow them both through their struggles, each of them waiting anxiously until they could be reunited. The addition of Fennrys Wolf as a more central character in the story helped to round out the cast. With Sonny gone, Kelley needed someone to watch her back, and it was interesting to see this tough character occasionally show his softer side. Love triangles don’t bother me as much as they do most people, and although I ultimately want Kelley to end up with Sonny, I like that there’s potential for a love triangle, and I have a feeling that will be something Kelley will have to work through in the final book. I love Livingston’s beauty writing style, and the way she describes things without bogging the story down in details. Her world-building skills are excellent, and whether the characters were in New York or Faerie, I felt like I was right there with them. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and the story was full of tension, and punctuated by exciting scenes full of danger. The ending was heartbreaking, and even though I wanted to scream at Kelley, I understand why she did what she did, and it made me even more anxious to read the final book in the trilogy. In my review of Wondrous Strange, I said ‘this is what a faerie book should be’, and the same statement is true of Darklight. This series is exciting, enticing, and romantic, with elements of suspense and danger mixed in to keep things lively. I think fans of all things faerie should be pleased.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My love affair with Wondrous Strange continues in Darklight!! A *wondrous* continuation of this intriguing faerie story... enough for me to read both books more than once. In Darklight, Kelley and Sonny's relationship doesn't quite go where we expected it to go from where we left off in Wondrous Strange and hits quite a few major bumps along the way in this second installment. They initially start out apart in book 2 because Sonny had to go back to the Otherworld to kill the rogue hunters left from the awakening of the Wild Hunt in WS. Sonny has to stay and finish his extremely dangerous "assignment". All the while in the mortal realm, Kelley is not only worrying about Sonny, but is also dealing with the realization that she is a REAL faerie princess, and is quite amazed at her own powers -- what she still has left of them, that is, after her father King Auberon, took his half of the powers she was born with (but veiled throughout her growing up by a powerful/magical clover charm necklace). She is also starring in another play... Romeo and Juliet (yes... there is a bit of a tie in.) While Sonny is away... Fennrys seems to have taken over the role of watching over and protecting Kelley... and rescues her on a regular basis. Fenn is shaping up to be the potential third party in the inevitable love triangle that seems to be heavily hinted in this installment and will likely be further developed in book 3... we'll see how that plays out... It also seems that Sonny has some special powers of his own that we witness in a fit of rage close to the end of Darklight (and we find out who HIS real father is - thus explaining his unique powers). I loved the greater focus on some of the secondary characters... such as Fennrys, Tyff and Maddox. Upon rereading the books, I actually really liked Tyff... she is a great friend to Kelley, and she's very wise for a diva-faerie. We also learn much more about Queen Mabh and her involvement of all that has transpired that has lead up to where we are now. We also get to finally meet Titania (Queen of the Summer Court and sometimes love interest of King Auberon) in this installment... she is someone who Kelley can't help but feel in awe. She offers her help to Kelley but can Kelley really trust her??? Her instincts tell her no! Another facet to this story is that Kelley's biological father, Auberon, becomes deathly ill following the deal he made with Kelley at the end of WS where he took "his" half of her powers (all she is left with now is the powers she inherited from her mother). All aspects of this story seem to be weaved together, and leading to a conclusion in book 3... Tempestuous. The only sore point I have with Darklight is that I so desperately wished there were more Kelley & Sonny moments... those two are (and could be more) magical together... although, I understand why the story is going this way as a whole. Just part of me wishes I didn't start this series till the last book in the trilogy was out... so I could read them back to back. The wait for the next book is going to drive me insane!!! The story flowed so nicely... it was like dominoes... each scene led to the next, with a full purpose. I could hardly put this book down and spent any minute of free time squeezing some reading in. While I absolutely love this story thus far... the ending was heart-breaking and left us hanging for a happier conclusion in Tempestuous. I had a lump in my throat upon closing the book, and am dying to see everything (hopefully) resolved in the last installment... due out in December 2010, I believe.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review I loved Wondrous Strange so I was excited finally read Darklight. I wanted to jump right back into the world and the story. It took me a couple chapters to get into the story again but give it some time—the story does get better. Darklight picks up six months after the events in Wondrous Strange. Sonny is still in the Otherworld getting rid of whats left of The Wild Hunt while Kelley is in New York. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more interaction between Kelley and Sonny in the beginning of the book. I like reading about them together but both Kelley and Sonny are separated from each other for most of the first half of the book. Once again I was immersed in the Faerie world. Livingston presents a varied mix of characters from ogres to leprechauns. More of the Otherworld is explored and explained and like the summary says, the faerie politics were complicated and there was a lot of shifting of allegiances. Many characters you didn’t think you could trust from Wondrous Strange were shown in a new light and it was hard to discern their true intentions. One surprise character that stood out in this book was Fennrys. I don’t think I noticed him at all in the first book but in Darklight his role was expanded and we see a completely different side to him other than the fearless warrior. Sonny and Kelley have very quickly become one of my favorite fictional couples so the ending came as a big surprise. I was baffled and frustrated about Darklight’s cliffhanger ending. But after the shock wore off, I got really excited about the third book and the possibility of having so many of the questions and mysteries that are still lingering finally resolved.
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wasn't bad. this was an ok sequel to the first book. The book was amazing. It was so good I was hooked from the beginning. It took me a while to get into Darklight, but once I was hooked I was hooked to the very end. The beginning of Darklight started out a bit slow for me, but once it hit like chapter 10-ish it was amazing! The ending was sooooooooooooooo good, and I have a good feeling there will be more to this faeries story...
Date published: 2010-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastical I ADORED "Darklight". I will enjoy seeing how the author continues this trilogy.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I really loved Darklight and her first book. She just came to a school that my school white pine went to and we also found out she has a third book on the way. can't remember the name of it and thats maybe a good thing for her.
Date published: 2010-04-21

Editorial Reviews

"I love this series and I think everyone should read all of the books as soon as possible. I give Lesley Livingston two very large thumbs up, and move on to Tempestuous with a bit of a heavy heart as I know the story will end there."
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