From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This engaging sequel to 2009's Shadowfae
weaves rich sensual imagery and dark eroticism into a breathless thriller plot. Thieving fairies, vampire gangsters, powerful demon lords, and creepy earth-bound angels all compete in a frenetic, bloody race to gain possession of a powerful magical artifact, a tiny mirror from Hell that destroys inhibitions. Light-fingered party girl Ice, a strawberry-scented water fairy, finds herself brazenly indulging in both lust and brave anger after she steals the mirror from Kane, demon lord of decadent Melbourne. When she loses it, sexy metal fairy Indigo, attracted to Ice but fearful of connection, offers to betray alliances and help her regain the item, but his own mirror-taint makes him mercurial and impossible to trust. Hayes's characters have distinct and delightful voices, and she's developed considerable skill at blending the gritty and the supernatural. (Mar.)
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It’s party time at the bar in which deals are made, wings groped, substances wildly abused, and insecure, strawberry-scented Ice, a thieving fairy in a society of demons, lacks any semblance of cool as she fruitlessly throws herself at muscled-up Indigo. Drunk and horny, she settles for a quick-sex fix with “a demon lord” in the next bar stool—literally. Eros, dragon flame, vamp fangs, and barbed wings abound in this underworld in which banshee bodyguards watch over bad boys DiLuca, LaFaro, and Valenti, who unleash poisoned claws as black spines spring from their shoulder blades. Hayes’ fast-moving, graphically erotic, violence-filled fantasy alternates Ice’s first-person point of view accounts and third-person chapters as the plot revolves around a mirror Ice filches that weakens her into betraying a dear friend and shatters her self-control by giving her what she thought she wanted—namely, free-wheeling, confident bravery. She must somehow get rid of the mirror. But she still ought to be careful what she wishes for. For fans of slambang erotic fantasy action. --Whitney Scott