Dutton. (Cainsville, Bk. 3). Aug. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9780525953067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698191129. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarOlivia Jones has been working with Gabriel Walsh to uncover the truth behind the murders for which her birth parents were convicted. Their investigations are complicated by the determination of Cainsville residents to keep crucial information from Olivia about her parents and her own nature. The two sides of the fae, Tylwyth Teg and the followers of the Wild Hunt, have been watching the same love triangle play out for centuries, hoping for an outcome that favors one faction over the other, and now Olivia is caught in the middle.
VERDICT With each new series entry (Omens; Visions), Armstrong's characterizations grow richer, especially with Gabriel, who is showing some cracks in his armor. The long game of the repeating patterns of Huntsmen and Tylwyth Teg with Olivia in between means that there is plenty of story left to tell. This work is less action-oriented than most urban fantasies, and the elements of magic are an undercurrent to emotional entanglements rather than taking center stage. [See Prepub Alert, 2/9/15.]
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