Emily Wilde is an adjunct professor on the mission of her lifetime in snowy Ljosland where she is looking to catalog the hidden people, faeries who live in the snow and are rarely seen. She is looking to have her name in the spotlight and for once claim the glory of her findings. Her rival Wendell Brambleby is always swooping in and stealing her thunder. She tries to settle in the remote town but struggles with the locals and just as she’s gaining some traction, Wendell shows up and ruins her plans. Then faerie mischief ensues.
Oh, I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Emily was too prickly. Wendell too annoying. I didn’t buy the relationship between them at all. I liked the information about the faeries but I felt like there wasn’t enough of that, especially in the first half. By the time they got to the second half, I was mostly bored. The language of the read was challenging which made it even less fun. The last 20% reminded me of Midnight in Everwood, which I loved, but it was too little too late to turn my opinion around on this one.
Thanks to Orbit for gifted access via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.
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