After binge-reading the Unveiling in a few hours, I knew that I had to read the Parting immediately. Erin continued to blow me away with her incredible writing style and I found myself coming back for more after every chapter.
I want to thank Erin for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
I want to start by mentioning that I got major A Court of Mist and Fury plot vibes from this book. While the characters were definitely different and the underlying plot was different, the basis was the same.
After the events of the Unveiling, Reya is trapped in the Elemental Court of the Fae realm. She has become the King’s prized possession, there to flaunt around and show off.
As war brews in Reya’s home realm, she must stop at nothing to break free. When a certain Lord of Fae comes to Reya’s rescue, she joins his band of pirates as they devise a plan to stop the war that is inevitable in the Fae Realm and Reya’s home.
Reya must learn to navigate the ways of the Fae and ensure that she does not become a pawn in these wars, all while dragging a bound Silas behind her.
I loved Reya and her character. As I mentioned before, this book has the same vibes as A Court of Mist and Fury, and I often found myself comparing Reya to Feyre in the way that they were trapped in a place they had no desire to be. The Elemental Court definitely reminded me of Tamlin’s Spring Court and it was cool to see how these stories kind of intertwined even though their plots are different.
Reya continued to amaze me as a character and I loved seeing her take hold of the power that has been running through her veins for so long. She has become someone to be feared, someone who can change the entire war for the better and I can’t wait to see her grow some more into a character that I can find myself relating to.
Chase was just not it in this book. As I began The Parting, I was in love with Chase and all that he was. The strong Fae male with incredible powers and those smirking eyes, but turned into someone who only manipulated Reya. Throughout the course of the book I came to hate him and his character that wanted to control Reya and use her for her power. Maybe he was really in love with her, maybe he believed he was doing the right thing, but Reya felt trapped by him and it wasn’t healthy.
Killion. Ugh, where do I start? He’s the best part of the book. His knowing smirks, his sly comments, everything. Killion was what made the book what it is and I can’t get over him. His dark and traumatic past is something that I found myself curious to know, his love for his friends was something that I loved about him. He reminded me of Nikolai, or Rhysand, or so many other characters that adored his family and would stop at nothing to keep them safe. He also always wanted to give Reya her own choices. It was never something that he’d take from her and that was a change from Chase that I really needed to see.
The Fae lands were definitely unexpected. Of course, I went into the book imagining castles and magic, and that was there, but Killion’s lands felt like home. Somehow throughout the course of the book, I fell in love with the beaches of Killion’s court, the waves rolling and the little taverns, with, of course, the bards!
As I mentioned before, Erin completely blew me out of the water. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I began this book but my expectations were definitely high and I found myself falling in love with every page.
I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series! I need more Killion content ASAP!