Review: Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

Sequel to Wounderous Strange & Darklight

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston, US edition cover.

Title: Tempestuous
Lesley Livingston
Young Adult (YA), Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date:
21 December 2010


“I don’t love Sonny Flannery.”

That’s the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn’t know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats – to a haven for Lost Fae that’s hidden deep underneath New York City.

But Kelley’s not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she’s got to find out who’s after his magick – and how to use her own. She’s got to uncover who’s recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She’s got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she’s got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he’s around Kelley.

The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous Strange and Darklight comes to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston’s ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.

Rating: ***
(3 stars)
Let me preface this review by saying that I read both Wondrous Strange and Darklight before I read this book, and I liked the way Livingston handled both the plot and the world in both books – Livingston remembered when writing about this world that according to the old stories the Fae/the Fair Folk are not nice and not human, whatever they pretend.

The story in Tempestuous takes up pretty much from where Darklight left off, dealing with the repercussions of both Kelley’s and Sonny’s actions. Livingston alternates who we follow throughout the chapters, so we get to follow both our hero and heroine as they deal with the world around them falling apart – fairy is slowly spreading into the ‘real’ world, loyalties are in question, and the final moves in a game neither is aware of are being made. There is a lot of action, conflict, and angst threaded throughout the story which should make it an exciting read. I wanted to be hooked by the impending climax of this series and whilst I was for the most part, there were times when it just fell flat for me.

Despite this, once started I couldn’t put the book down. I didn’t see how the story fell out coming at all. It was an interesting surprise for me, but true I think to the world Livingston created. Kelley and Sonny’s relationship was entirely predictable, and I was left with the sense that despite the occurrences in the three books nothing had really changed – it was, I guess, young love. Whilst Livingston never promised more than this, I was kind of holding out for more. I wanted to see how they dealt with the problems within their relationship, but whilst problems were mentioned I don’t think Livingston dealt with them. Therefore the ending sort of fell flat for me, particularly as it conformed to a common fairy story trope – and they all lived happily ever after.

Still, Tempestuous is an enjoyable read, particularly if you don’t want to think about what you’re reading. It’s worth reading for nothing more than seeing how Livingston deals with the Fair Folk – they’re not kindly creatures. I also liked the idea that Livingston employed in this book (and the rest of the series) about there being a gateway between the Otherworld and the ‘real’ one and that the Fair Folk are drawn towards ‘our’ world – to the life and change humanity offers to an immortal race.

If you’re interested in the Fair Folk then I think you should give this a try, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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