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Cassie is still reeling from the aftermath of her confrontation with the changeling known as Grayson. Julia, her closest friend, has become one more casualty in the sinister changeling invasion that has swept over Richmond. A stranger’s eyes are staring out from behind her familiar face, a trait too similar to the Vamanec P’yrin for Cassie to stay on the sidelines. Instead of resting on her laurels, she immediately puts her unique, inter dimensional traveling skills to work and slips sideways into the realm of Faerie.
This isn’t your typical faerie tale, though. Malcom’s vision of the Sidhe otherworld is topsy turvy and unsettling: instead of the bogarts who lurk waiting to do mischief to the unwary, the Unseelie are an oppressed people. The “Shining Ones” aka the Seelie, are ruthless overlords who control the flow of the realm’s magic with an iron fist. Humans are at the bottom of the local food chain, and there is a brutal trafficking of both stolen humans and the fae of mixed heritage who live in the neighboring “pocket dimension” of Silvermist. It would seem that half blood fae are the only ones capable of using rifts to step between the dimensional barriers. Well, they WERE the only ones. Cassie kinda blows that whole rule out of the water. Something tells me that there is more to the veil witch heritage that remains to be seen.
The prohibition preventing the Seelie from crossing over to Earth is the reason behind the use of changelings. It’s the only way they can gain a set of eyes on the happenings outside their territory. Humans also make excellent slaves, and the fae have no reservations about abducting a human to serve as another member of the household staff. The criminal element of Sidhe (the Seelie territory) also deals in a very lucrative slave trade by abducting and selling off the residents of Silvermist who are caught trespassing on Seelie turf. It ain’t all rainbows, sunshine and benevolent elves in this world.
There are so many small details and touches in this story that are just wonderful, and they seem to be one of Malcom’s trademarks. Ever heard of a reverse medium? Me either, but it makes sense to have a deceased medium conducting seances for other deceased humans to help them in contacting their loved ones who are still among the living. There are also giant, killer moles, and truth lemurs. I’m not spoiling that. You’ll have to read it yourself to find out! There is also Cassie’s absolutely stellar internal monologue that makes reading her stories so much fun. It’s like spending time with a close friend who has no filter to begin with, and asking for their input after they’ve pounded a few mixed drinks. Priceless.
The mechanics of Sidhe are clever to the point of tongue-in-cheek satire. The Seelie use and abuse the realm’s natural resource - magic - to the point that it has become an environmental crisis. Magic, like Earthside’s fossil fuels, is not exactly a readily renewable resource, and what remains is kept tightly controlled by the powerful minority in a magical lockdown. That control seems to be gradually failing, as the wild magic seeks to slip loose of its collar.
What do you get when you combine a pissed off veil witch with a magical edge, missing humans, a tyrannical caste system and an oppressed society who are seeking an edge over their oppressors? My money’s on a truly epic revolution, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.
The intricate lore of the Sidhe, the half-fae, and other races is the backdrop for another fascinating tale of the struggles of a veil witch to discover the extent of her abilities and not just survive, but defeat evil adversaries.