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What do you do when a god-king shows up ticked off as h*** looking for revenge? What do you do when the very life of Faerie is bound to a maniac? What do you do when you find out your whole family can sling glamour like a gunslinger? You complain about how it's not fair. You hunker down. You become queen. In the end you save Faerie, and hopefully your family.
I loved Time and Tithe. I thought it a worthy successor to The Between. It has more twists and surprises than it's predecessor but I did feel it was a bit more lacking than The Between.
As the story progresses it becomes apparent that the once courts of Faerie are hanging on by a thread. The courts have no one to follow. As the power shifts from Fey to Fey Faerie can feel it and responds, at least in part. Once a queen arrived where were the Fey besides the Unbound. We only "see" a couple of members of the former Bright court. We are repeatedly reminded that power attracts power. I get that no one wants to ally with Aeon, he's freakin' crazy; but, what about the new queen of Faerie? You would think that more of the Fey would have backed the queen that finally arrives with not only her innate glamour but the glamour granted by Aeon and Faerie itself. Of course Cohen could have done this on purpose to create a sense of futility and alone-ness.
In the story we find out that the Hawthorns are all glamour slingers like something out of the Faerie old west. Each member of the Hawthorns have the innate ability to cast and destroy glamour at will, to one extent or another. So much so that the mad Aeon sought to mold them in his own image, or at the very least control their power. When the family is finally all in one place I felt like there was going to be a scene out of the O,K. Corral. The intensity of the fight built and built. The Unbound stood courageously giving their new queen the power she needed. Lyds is once again overflowing with the power of bright and shadow glamour. Two new players of the Hawthorn family are symbols of the unity of the family, there will to survive, and the power of glamour unfettered by petty power struggles. In the end, they did not unit against the god-king Aeon. The way it all ended seemed convenient and anti-climatic compared to the build up. Of course this could have been intended to help emphasis the unfairness of it all but with a thread of hope still lingering.
Now it could be Cohen's intent to have Time and Tithe to end the way it did to get us ready for a truly spectacular ending of the series in a third book. Aeon swears his loyalty in typical Fey fashion leaving opportunities. The glamour abundant Hawthorns could be getting ready to break loose. Faerie could be getting ready to bust loose into the "real" world. Could the next book in the series be Armageddon?
Lindsey and her sister, Taylor, are created masterfully, as sisters with the necessary courage and determination needed to create beauty out of chaos. With a masterful twist, LJ Cohen brings her characters to life as the brightness that holds the darkness back. These tales are full of surprises, leaving the reader astounded that the author could create the second book from the first. There is nothing predictable about this series.
TIME AND TITHE was a further exploration of Faerie and the politics of the Fae that live there. This time, we get to see it from multiple points of view and for many different reasons. It felt like looking through a kaleidoscope. Many of the descriptions are wonderfully surreal and play around with how you might imagine a magical realm to work. I won't offer any spoilers at all, but I'll just say that there are some great characters at play in this world -- great at being evil and great at being good, sometimes both in the same day. This is a story about politics, power, and intrigue, and at its heart are two teenage sisters trying to do their best.
The beginning felt slow, but I fell in love with Taylor. We get multiple points-of-view in this one, and it shifts throughout the chapters. Of all the voices that told the story, I liked Taylor the best and looked forward to the sections when we saw things from her point-of-view. Lydia had some serious trauma to overcome, and most of the beginning from her view was bordering on depressing. I'm glad I stuck with her, though, because her adventures go to unexpected places.
The story was written much like the maze that features so prominently in its pages. There were many wonderful and unexpected twists and turns here! I don't consider myself an expert of faerie lore, but I imagine if you have any interest in A Midsummer Night's Dream or related lore and politics (if the names Titania and Oberon ring a bell), this book would be right up your alley. Have you ever wondered what happened to your favorite imaginary friends when you were a child? Time and Tithe might help you meet some of them again.
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LJ Cohen's _Time and Tithe_ is the sequel to _The Between._ I loved _The Between.Read more