Queen of Tarts Review of
by Allison Pang
I love the Abby Sinclair books! If you haven’t read the first 2 novels in this series I highly recommend them. Could you read A Trace of Moonlight without reading the previous installments? I actually feel like you could… But you’d enjoy it more if you knew where Abby is coming from and could appreciate all the threads that get wrapped up in this story.
This series is urban fantasy and follows Abby’s journey. In the first book she is a bit naive and has bound herself to a fairy for a period of time for the benefits package… She quickly grew up and she is no longer naive. She’s strong and brave and a relatable heroine. She loves deeply, has hard won experience learned through trials and a core group of friends that she would sacrifice much for. I loved seeing her grow through the books and face the challenges that come her way.
This story picks up right where A Sliver of Shadow ended… Thank goodness! Sooo, this next part is kinda a spoiler if you haven’t read the series.
Abby has forgotten who she is. At the end of the 2nd novel she offered herself up as a tithe to the devil to protect her friends. But she had to drink water from the river lethe and the result is memory loss! Her friends are trying to help her remember in the few weeks she has left before the tithe is scheduled to be paid. The two important guys in her life, Taliver and Brystion, are desperate to get her memory back and their actions have unforeseen consequences that they all have to deal with.
The four races, Fey, Demons, Angels and humans are at odds. Maurice is the human who has been working hard to cause conflict throughout the previous books and he’s not done yet. He is determined to steal the Key to the Crossroads necklace from Abby and scheme his way into power and control of the crossroads and paths between realms.
I was on the edge of my seat for this book. There’s life, death, politics, war, secrets and lies, dreams, passion (oh! my), love and sacrifice. I adore Abby, she has a sense of bravery, sometimes without thinking things through, loyalty, courage and snarktastic humor. There are some pop culture references in this book that just made me crack up! All of my favorites are in the story, Brystion, Taliver, Melanie, and Phin, the miniature, randy unicorn with a big heart. I love him and he gets to be a hero in this story! If you enjoy urban fantasy with funny, snarky, complicated characters, intricate world building, danger, passion, excitement, and risk, pick up Allison Pang’s Abby books and dive in.
Here are some of my fav lines…
♦ “I’ve never seen anyone quite so talented at digging a hole as deep as you do. It’s like you trained for it.”
♦ The succubus held her ground. “You keep rather interesting company, Abby.”
“You know me. I’m a magnet for assholes.”
The Queen of Tarts
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