Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2)

Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2)

by Lesley Livingston

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Faerie can't lie . . . or can they?

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with wondrous strange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061961328
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Series: Wondrous Strange Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 237,820
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She frequently per-forms with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a cofounder. She is also the author of Wondrous strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, and Darklight.

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Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Since the frightening events of last Halloween, which ended with her beloved, Sonny, forced to leave her and return to the Faerie world, Kelley has been rehearsing for a new play, testing her powers, and trying to keep hope that she'll see Sonny again soon. His Janus friends provide her with protection and company, but they hardly compare. And her unnerving Faerie mother keeps sending her images of Sonny on his violent quest that make Kelley wonder just how well she knows the boy she fell in love with. But Kelley soon finds she's got far more than romance to worry about. An old enemy of her friend Bob (otherwise known as Puck) is after her, and it looks as though he won't be happy until he's murdered her. And the father Kelley no longer wants to acknowledge is sick - perhaps on the verge of dying. As Kelley struggles to stay alive and decide who deserves her loyalty, she discovers that a danger far greater than she imagined threatens not only her and Sonny, but all of Faerie. DARKLIGHT picks up several months after the events of WONDROUS STRANGE, and readers who enjoyed the first book will immediately get wrapped up in the story. Livingston weaves a tale full of twists and turns few will see coming, leaving major villains unknown and everyone's motives except narrators Kelley and Sonny's uncertain. The new mythology introduced is fascinating, and this book's main villain is creepy and horrifying. The story overall is serious, but bits of humor involving a kelpie named Lucky, Kelley's roommate, Tyff, and Bob keep if from seeming too solemn. Unfortunately, the book also suffers somewhat from middle-of-the-trilogy syndrome, in which many conflicts are introduced or hinted at and very few are resolved. Of course, this will leave readers ravenous for the final volume! Recommended to all fans of urban fantasy for a fresh take on Faerie lore; best to read WONDROUS STRANGE first, though, to follow the story properly.
OkapiMA More than 1 year ago
Defiantly more action in this book; couldn't put it down. Read it in 1 day! Lots of insight to the characters revealed in this book. The back history is interesting. the Fates are funny. I HAVE to get book 3 ASAP to see how Kelly resolves all the new issues. I hope there's a happy resolution with Fennrys.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh my I need to start book 3 right away! Things about Sonny are revealed and unraveling rapidly. So many questions left to answer in the final book.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. I really liked how the characters are coming together. I didn't however like how Sonny and Kelley are mostly seperated in this book, but it was necessaey for the story. Can't wait for the third book to finish this series.
emilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts:If you know anything about me, you know I love faeries. Any kind of faery. When I received Darklight in the mail, I sat down right away to read it. Wondrous Strange, Lesley¿s first book, is easily on my list of favorites. While Darklight doesn¿t beat Woundrous Strange, it certainly comes close.When I started the book, I had forgotten a majority of what happens in Wondrous Strange. Lesley easily provides any information you need to remember within the first few chapters without a major info dump. Info dumps up front usually put me off a book, so thank you, Lesley, for not doing that to me. Another problem I usually have with sequels is my lack of attachment to the characters. Since I hadn¿t read Wondrous Strange recently, I had sort of forgotten who was who and why I was supposed to care about a certain character, swoon over one, or be afraid of another. Within the first 50 pages, I could easily identify which was which and all the emotions I had felt during Wondrous Strange came rushing back.Speaking of characters, these are some of my favorites. Kelley is a normal teenage girl that has discovered she¿s really a Faery. Talk about a punch in the face. She¿s strong-willed and level-headed, a nice combination when you¿re a girl in her position.Sonny is just as swoon-worthy as he was in Wondrous Strange, possibly more so. My favorite reason for the third person point of view in these stories is that we are able to enjoy Sonny even when he¿s not with Kelley. Sonny is a strong character that is just sick in love. The bond between Kelley and Sonny seems to be unbreakable.Mabh and Auberon are what I like to call ¿chemical reaction¿ characters. Very cause and effect. One does something and there are instant consequences, ripples. Not only are the characters we love, or hate, back in full force, there is a whole slew of new characters introduced which makes the book fun, fresh, or scary at times (a good scary, that is). Faeries are easily differentiated from the humans because of the language. The Faeries speech is formal, regal almost, yet still understandable.One of my favorite aspects of Darklight is the fact that, while Wondrous Strange took place lmost solely in New York, this story is set mostly in the Otherworld. Lesley creates a vivid setting that you feel like you are literally walking through. Her visuals are stunning and real.The Verdict:A fabulous follow up to Wondrous Strange, Darklight is an emotional roller coaster into the Otherworld and back again.
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wondrous Strange trilogy by Lesley Livingston is a modern day fairy tale surrounding the young and aspiring, stage actress Kelley, who has the world of Faeries thrust upon her very unexpectedly. If you haven't read the first book Wondrous Strange, I highly recommend that you do before reading Darklight.After reading Wondrous Strange, I eagerly went straight to reading Darklight. Darklight had strong character growth, a deepening romance and a darker story line that continued to grab my attention. Kelley had more of an angst attitude and Sonny isn't as trusting as he was before plus fighting the Hunters has giving him a harder edge. These changes in Kelley and Sonny causes tension between them but it also deepens their feelings for one another. I also enjoyed seeing Fennrys in a whole new light, proving he is capable of more then just fighting and growling (Yes, he growls!) as he was previously portrayed.I found it fascinating how Lesley created hints at parallels in this story to theatre production of Romeo & Juliet. She did the same thing in Wondrous Strange with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lesley's portrayal of the Faeries, are just as I have pretty much imagined them to be: whimsical, fickle in nature, and loving and hating in the same breath. You never know if you can trust them. This is what makes them so dangerous in this story and antes up the mystery. Oh, and not all the Fair Folk are magically delicious either ¿ the leprechauns are terrifying.The ending was one I didn't see coming. It left me feeling awed and frustrated in a good way. I'm eagerly looking forward to the final conclusion to this trilogy.Cover note: I think the covers of the books in the Wondrous Strange trilogy do a terrific job depicting what Kelley looks like. She looks just as I would imagine her to be.
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Darklight is better than book one, mostly because the romance between Sonny and Kelley is more believable. The faerie intrigue is, again, top notch. **Slight spoiler** My problem with the book - I hate when heroes and heroines martyr their relationships for the perceived health of the person they love. It never seems like they consider any alternative solution to their situations. Kelley could have put more though into that final decision, in my opinion.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
sequel to Wondrous Strange, where Kelley Winslow and Sonny Flannery discover more about their powers and the dangers of faerie.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though I just read Wondrous Strange less than two months ago, so much happened in that book that I was afraid I wouldn¿t remember what happened and would be trying to piece everything together. Luckily as I began reading, everything started coming back to me. I also have to say that this is the only time I¿ve read a book in any series that the recapping of the previous installment enhanced my reading rather than distracted me from the current action. This is something that I very much appreciate because, although I know every book needs to be able to stand alone and have the reader understand what¿s happened in previous books, too often the retelling of those events seem like they¿ve been cut and pasted; Livingston did an awesome job of recapping without tediously repeating. Because of that, this book could easily be picked up and enjoyed by someone who hasn¿t read the first book. This story is filled with action: attacks in Central Park, killing Hunters, fighting off various villains, moving back and forth between realms. There¿s never a dull moment in this book. Every scene works to move the narrative forward. And what I love about this story is that a lot of what the characters thought they knew comes into question, and there¿s a real mystery as to who can be trusted and who is deceptive. Kelley especially finds herself unsure about who are allies and who are enemies, which makes for an interesting dynamic in her interactions with various characters.One element of the story I didn¿t really buy was the introduction of a possible love triangle involving Fennrys. It served the story well to put doubt in Sonny¿s mind about what might happen when he¿s away from Kelley, but I just couldn¿t picture it as anything to legitimately ponder. And, though I do like Sonny and Kelley together, their relationship hasn¿t really had enough development for me to really see how they can be so crazy in love with each other at this point. I¿m hoping to see more of what¿s there in the future. The plot is amazingly awesome because surprises come from all directions. I think I maybe have a clue of where everything is leading, but there¿s enough doubt about what¿s happening that there could be some real shockers. I was disappointed in the end of the book, but only because I want so badly to know what happens next! I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this trilogy.
Alliebeth927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Darklight, but unfortunately it didn't capture the same ease of storytelling that was present in Wondrous Strange. It was clearly a transitional book¿a layover, if you will¿from book one to what will be book three. There were several revelations that came to light, and if they'd been delved into more deeply they could have made this book great. Hopefully a deeper analysis of the issues will happen in the next installment. Everything this time around seemed a bit shallow; the way Kelley felt about Fennrys, her confusion about using her powers, her worries about Sonny, and the truth about his lineage, all felt superficial. Despite that, though, I still loved catching up with the characters that I'd missed since finishing Wondrous Strange. The writing was wonderful and the cliffhanger ending ensured that I'll have the release date for book three marked on my calendar.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Wondrous Strange series. There are supposed to be three books total in this series. I liked this book a bit better than the first one; but it still wasn't anything extraordinary. You definitely need to read the first book, Wondrous Strange, to follow what happens in this book.Kelley is trying to get on with her life as an actress in New York. Sonny is off in fairyland eliminating the Hunt one by one. They miss each other horribly. Kelley feels a need to take a walk through Central Park and is mugged by a man there. Ends up the man is a Leprechaun and he is after Kelley with a vengeance. In an attempt to save herself and Fennrys (one of the Janus guard) from a brutal attack, Kelley pulls them into fairyland. Once in Fairyland she faces a hoard of fairy politics and other fairy problems; one of which is Sonny himself.There were some good things about this book. You get to learn more about the fairy world and meet a few more crazy fairy creatures. There is a lot of action and also a lot of romance between Kelley and Sonny. The story holds a couple interesting surprises for the readers and is relatively well put together. It is a quick read and an easy read.There were also a lot of things that bothered me about the story. Sonny is kind of a jerk to Kelley, and she is kind of a jerk back. Still they are forever in love, and I still haven't figured out why. The strongest character in this book was Fennrys, then halfway through the story he disappears, only to reappear at the end. Most of the side characters are a far sight more interesting than Kelley and Sonny, and it is kind of a bummer that the story focuses on them. There are a lot of fight scenes but, as in the first book, they are missing something. None of the fight scenes seem to have the sense of urgency or action to them that you would expect. In general the story itself doesn't have much urgency. In fact I was hard-pressed to figure out why these evil Leprechauns were taking center stage in this story to begin with.Overall, I got through the book and it was okay. It just left a lot to be desired in the areas of characterization, plot development, and action scenes. I was hoping this series would get better after the first book, but it hasn't. So, I guess, if you liked the first book a lot then you will like this one because they are similar in style. I will probably read the last book in the trilogy for some closure, but after that I don't think I will be picking up anymore of Livingston's books. If you are interested in book with a similar subject but stellar character development I would check out Holly Black's Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale.
thediaryofabookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot thickens to the gummy consistency of taffy in the second book of the Wondrous Strange series, Darklight. Seriously, how's it all going to work out in the end? I'm dying to know!Sonny and Kelley are thrown into the position of impossible star crossed lovers by a number of things outside of their control. The big one has to be the whole race issue, but the different worlds they are forced to occupy by the Wild Hunt situation doesn't do much to help. Add into the mix a surprising Daddy discovery for Sonny and it's looking pretty grim that these two cute kids might make it work.In a genre where the love story has become a virtual prerequisite to writing anything successful, it's nice to see someone broach it with some different twists. I especially liked the moments where Sonny or Kelley questioned how well they knew each other, which, lets face it, would likely happen under the circumstances. After all, as sticky sweet as it is for two teenagers to fall into unquestionable, life or death, passionate love, instantly (Twilight anyone?) it is refreshing to think that even soul mates can still question the sanity of falling passionately, unquestionably in love instantly.Like the title implies, Darklight is a much darker story than Wondrous Strange, with Kelley struggling against her ominous left over powers, and Sonny forced to hunt down and kill the remaining faeries of the Wild Hunt. The Janus guard are also developing some serious problems internally as more rifts in the Central Park gate begin to show up. But Lesley still manages to imbue Darklight with what is beginning to look like her trademark humor, introducing some great laugh out loud moments despite the mounting tragedies. Every-bit the page turner Wondrous Strange was, Darklight promises to climax into a very exciting conclusion if part three turns out to be the end.
rapago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good continuation of the saga. Things get interesting as Keely comes more fully into her new role as a Faerie Princess. I like the characters as we get to know them better and even if a few late additional pieces of information make things help to bring things together, it is still a fun read. I look forward to the last book in the trilogy which will hopefully bring all the loose ends together in a satisfying manner.,
mintramorrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The story is GREAT!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I wish I had read these books all together instead of waiting so long after I read the first book, but once I got into the story and remembered what happened in the first book, it was easy enough to get back into things. I'm a big fan of Kelley and Sonny and I want to see them able to be together in the end, but many books have proven to me that I don't always get what I want! The ending of this book leaves things very much in the air. It's not a huge cliffhanger, but we do know by the end that there is more to the story coming. I enjoy the return of Bob, Fennrys, and Tyff. I love these secondary characters very much and begin to love them more in this book. I'm not sure what I think of Maddox and Chloe really, but it's nice to see returning characters, especially when they can bring some knowledge to the story. I'm glad I have the third book ready to go so I can continue with the story instead of waiting like I did last time. If you like Fairy books and stories filled with action and mystery, you're going to love this series.
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I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
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I havent read the firs book or the third but after reading the second, i HAAAAAVVVVEEE to get he other two. It was AMAZING. I love the twist at the end and the strong way that th two lovers Kelly and Sonny connect. Its amazing. Cant wait to get the other two
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This was ughh words cant describe how i feel about this book it was that good Also my heart nearly broke at the end... i need to read the third book and i need it now
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