Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.
But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.
I adore the cover of this book. Just love it. It was what drew my attention to this book. City of Eternal Light was an interesting read. Though it was a bit hard for me to get into the first half of this story. And while the story was intriguing, I felt as if I needed to read book one to get a clearer picture of the world and all the characters introduced. Despite that, I meandered along, and I started to like the story. That was mostly because of Augustine. I liked his character, and each time I dipped into his head, I became more and more enthralled to discover the rest of the world and the people in it. He had layers I wanted to unravel, especially his past and all that happened before he turned a Guardian of the City.
Now Harlow… she was a bit meh for me. She was just too soft for me to love her, and too easily rattled. Though I understood she was new to the idea of being Fae. Her character did improve, and she displayed some grit. My favorite person was her sister, who I suppose became the villain at the last quarter of the book since she took over our heroine’s body. I am eager to read the next installment to see how it all unfolds. But, I really liked Ava Mae’s character, who was more daring and intriguing. I hardly felt any connection to the other characters.
Overall, it was an interesting read. The plot was pretty simple, the big bad villain easily defeated, but the world was complex and multi layered, it was really fascinating with all the different factions. Would I recommend it to lovers of Fantasy paranormal? Yes. Would I read the others in the series? I am not intrigued enough to read book one, but I certainly desire to read the third book in the series, Garden of Dreams.