Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Before I begin my actual review, I want to state that this is a series that must be read in order. If you haven’t read the first in the series, don’t read any further to prevent the chance of a spoiler. I did not read book 2.5, Behind the Mirror, and I was confused when I began this one, so start at book 1.
Cassie MacElvy is the last along with her sister Bryanna, her mother and her cousin Trina of the Gypsy Witch clan of the MacElvy’s. Since I did not read the book before this one, I started out with Cassie being tortured and praying for death. It didn’t matter that I had no idea how she found herself in the Black Queen’s dungeon, but since I read all the other books, I had a good idea of what was happening. The Black Queen needs a new mirror (a human psychic) to give her information as to where her son Kian is and what he is up to. When Cassie was near death something changed, actually Cassie changed.
Under a spell, Cassie believes herself to be the queen’s niece, and the next in line to the throne. Not only were her memories changed, but so was her appearance. Elvation makes her look like and elf, and she is doing everything in her power to use her gift which seems to be out of her reach. The queen’s Chief Advisor, Lord Haddon, is every bit as cruel as the queen, and he is responsible for releasing Cassie’s gift. It wasn’t until the “Queens Fool” Bosco came calling that things changed.
Bosco has been a spy at the Black Court for almost one hundred years. Every time he is able to provide information, he is given power. With enough power, he hopes to be able to return to the Court of the Winter Queen who has his sister Siobhan prisoner. His newest assignment is to find the Black Queen’s new mirror and bring her to his contact, only it is a job that is harder than he thought.
Meeting Cassie, he immediately knows that she is not a princess. He has been at the Court of the Black Queen long enough to know everyone who is a part of the royal family and there never was a princess. Cassie is unable to remember anything about who or what she is. She enlists Bosco’s help in finding out. Bosco is sure that Cassie will be able to lead him to the mirror, however, he is shocked when he finds out she is it. He has fallen for Cassie. Is he able to betray her and save his sister? Or are his feelings for Cassie stronger than his feelings for Siobhan? Can Bosco get the rest of the power he needs to combat the Queen of the Winter Court without hurting Cassie? Will Cassie get her memories back and find out who she really is?
As with all the other books in the series, this one has secrets, betrayals, surprises, sex and a cliffhanger. In spite of the fact that the book ends in a cliffhanger, a huge part of the story is completed. If you love fantasy, you will love this series. This is coming from someone who gave each book five stars and actually doesn’t like fantasy.