Book 4 in the Dark Magick series
Author: Anya Bast
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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A quest for freedom may be derailed by their intense attraction...In the final book of the series stakes are high as Niall Quinn searches for the 2 remaining bosca fadbh pieces. Finding them will finally bring down the walls that imprison the fae and in order to obtain them he must convince Elizabeth Cely Saintjohn to give him those pieces. She's hidden them on behalf of Niall's enemy, the Summer Queen, but Elizabeth has her own reason for hiding them as well and doesn't plan on giving them to anyone. She's realized that if the walls around Piefferburg fall her mother will die. Elizabeth is a rare type of water fae and her mother is a fae as well. Her type is even rarer and Elizabeth like any child of a parent can't bare to think of life without her mother. So she runs from Niall for as long as she can until he figures out a way to capture her. Once they get to know one another they get learn more about the other persons point of view and what it would mean to them for the walls to fall. They also get to know more about one another and the attraction between them grows to the point where they both start worrying about what exactly is going to happen.
Niall Quinn, mage and the finest thief in the Black Tower, is the fae's best hope for freedom. Only he stands a chance of tracking down and retrieving the missing bosca fadbh pieces from the Summer Queen. But he meets his match in Elizabeth Cely Saintjohn, who has taken control of the pieces on the Summer Queen's behalf—and has refused to give them up.
Elizabeth is an asrai, a rare English water fae, and she may be the only one in Piefferburg stealthier than Niall. She has her own reasons for guarding the two pieces and wanting the walls of Piefferburg to remain intact—even if it means denying her fae sisters and brothers their freedom. Her mother's life depends on it.
Torn between his duty to obtain the pieces at any cost—and the shocking lust Elizabeth has stirred in him—Niall must convince Elizabeth to surrender the pieces, or else he may have no choice but to destroy her and all she holds dear.
What I liked most about this book was the attraction between Niall and Elizabeth. They are fascinated with each other from the first time they see one another and they look forward to interacting with each other when they see each again. When Elizabeth is captured it puts them both in a position that they don't want to be in. Niall didn't like doing that, but felt that he had to and it was the only way that he could recover the missing pieces since she wasn't going to give them to him. Elizabeth knows that it's important for the walls to fall, but her mother is what's more important to her.
I'm giving Midnight Enchantment a rating of:
My main problem with the book is that it just wasn't as exciting as the previous ones in the series. I found that it took me a while to get through the book as it wasn't as appealing to me. I found Elizabeth's character more appealing than Niall's and while I liked their attraction to one another, it just didn't burn for me the way that the others did. All in all, I did enjoy this series and it's characters and I love Anya Bast's writing. I'm looking forward to reading her future releases and I feel that she wrapped up this series in the best way that she could.
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