Sirensong (Faeriewalker, #3)by Jenna Black Published 05 Jul 2011
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When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told . . .
The journey through Faerie is long—and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time . . . and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.
Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court—or, worse, the Erlking—catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?
"Sirensong (Faeriewalker, #3)" Reviews
Meh. All of the books in this series are ok, and this one is no different. In other words, I'm glad I checked this out from the library instead of paying for it.
I've read that there are no more book planned in this series anytime soon (not sure how true that is), and I can honestly say that it's probably for the best. Sirensong just had a stagnant feel to it, especially with character development. It also felt like the different love interests were being quickly paired off so everything could be tidy when it was put to bed...only it wasn't done very well. I couldn't bring myself to care who was with whom.
But it was readable. I guess that's the best thing I can think to say about it.
The love square comes to an end!! Nothing brings me more pleasure when a painful love triangle comes to end, or so I thought. It brings me greater pleasure when a terrible love square ends!! It is a great thing for this series since I love it so much.
What’s not so great is that it’s not Ethan who gets the can, no I think Dana actually loves him more. It’s my dear Keane, but in this case it’s OK. As a team Keane fan, I think I can speak for us all when I say he went to a better love interest. In defense of Ethan, he’s actually grownup a lot. The ordeal of being under the Erklings thumb has matured him, that doesn’t mean he loses those annoying-boy-wine moments. It’s safe to say he still gets on my nerves, but I can deal with him now. The role of the Erkling really gets confusing in Sirensong. His actions are still pretty self serving, but he does things that make you wonder about him. Maybe deep down—past his scheming and manipulative core—he’s a decent guy. Well . . . enough that I can say I don’t feel too guilty for swooning over him. After all he killed that nasty bargain about Dana’s virginity dilemma. Thank you!!
Another great thing is that Dana’s magical powers are used more and we get to see them develop. Her ability to make the Faye mortal is chilling, and she’s started to add a little more “physical” power behind it. The magic of the fairy realm also gets explored, though it stays firmly within the Seelie Court. It’s pretty much the standard “vision” of the fiarie realm. You know lots of forests, house made to blend in, the vegetation is commanded to move and do what they want, and the Seelie court is a towering fortress. Still it’s lots of fun, I for one never get tired of it.
While I don’t think Sirensong is as good as the second book—Shadawspell—it’s definitely another great entry to the series. However, author Jenna Black states Sirensong is the last entry. It’s truly sad. Black’s series has to be one of the most unique takes on fairies in the Urban Fantasy genre. Painful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this series dying before it even gets a decent chance. Worse series get dragged out, and yet the publishers don’t want to endorse this one. Here’s to crossing my fingers that the Faeriewalker books will rise from the ashes and get a second chance. After all this book finished up enough not to be a painful end, but there’s clearly more places it NEEDS to go.
Sexual Content: Kana thinks a lot about sex, a lot. Dana has a few make out scenes and she walks in on someone(s) clearly just finishing up with a bedroom scene. There is elitist/family abuse in this book, at times it made me grimace.
Rating: 3/5 Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
Original review at Book Whispers.
I was hooked on the Faeriewalkers series when I finished Glimmerglass a couple months ago. I loved the story and waited anxiously for the people who checked out the sequels at the library to hurry up and return them. But Sirensong, compared to the other two books, was just not good. The characters didn't do anything out of the ordinary so I grew bored of them, and same for the plot. The parts that weren't predictable still weren't very unnerving. Like with Elizabeth. That was more like an "oh" moment rather than a "whoa" moment. And the action scenes aren't very action-y. Oh, and don't even get me started on our sixteen-year-old protagonist's reactions to pain. But I'm being messy, so I'll take this one step at a time.
Like the first two books, I have mixed feelings about Dana. She's strong-willed and can be smart. She isn't too naive and can take care of herself. But I don't know, maybe it's just the dialogue. Some of the things this girl says and thinks just screams 'bratty' and 'childish'. I get the feeling that she's supposed to be this Rose Hathaway-esque (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead) kind of character, but she falls much too short.
Ethan isn't the same derrière-hole we met in the first book. The Hunt thing changed him, and he won't ever be the same. But like I said in my Shadowspell review, I still think he wouldn't have changed without that experience, even if he really did care about Dana.
I don't hate Kimber, but I don't find anything in particular to like about her either. Except maybe the hot posset; I thought that was a really useless and quirky (in a good way) idea.
I still love Keane. He's edgy but he's mature and he's smart. I really wish we got to know more about him though. We never even got through the first layer of his bad boy exterior. But even with the little knowledge of him, I found him to have the most personality out of all the characters. He's also the most fey. He's just so freaking awesome, and he reminds me of Patch Cipriano (Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick).
The Erlking was as manipulative as ever in this book, and I loved that. He just makes things a lot more fun. Still wondering why his name is Arawn instead of Oberon, but whatever.
The romance in this book is kind of... meh. Obviously, Ethan and Dana have something... I just have no idea what that something is. What does this beautiful fey boy see in this five foot half-human? And would this half-human still be attracted to this beautiful fey boy if he were as ugly as a troll? Also, I saw that KeanexKimber thing coming from book one, but it still seemed so... fanfiction. I don't see anything between these characters. Why does Ethan like Dana? Why does Dana like Ethan? Why does Keane like Dana? Why does Dana not like Keane? Why does Keane like Kimber? (Geez, this guy is fickle.) Why does Kimber like Keane? The relationships in this book seem like normal 21st century relationships. They do care about each other but how long will that last? Because in YA books they last forever. And I really wished Dana would have had to live a life of celibacy. It would have stressed that not everything is about sex; that true love doesn't need it! Did Ethan really need it?
Now I am going to rant about something that It really saw as a problem in this book: Dana's reactions to physical pain. I swear this girl has a body made of steel because she deals with pain just fine actually. There are countless times in the book when Dana gets severely injured and "it took all I [Dana] had not to scream." If someone is burning a tattoo off your skin, you are most likely to scream. And when she got stabbed by the inch-long thorns all over her body, of course it didn't effect her afterwards. I mean, it's not like she suffered severe blood loss or anything.
And now my opinion on the cover. My first thought was:
"She's BLONDE?! It didn't say her hair color in the first book, but since everyone else in this book is blonde I assumed Jenna Black would want her heroine to be different but nooo. Gosh, this whole time I'd picturing Alexandra Daddario and..."
And my second thought was:
"Why does she look like Jane Randall from America's Next Top Model? (I swear it's her!) Dana's not supposed to be that pretty. That's Kimber if anyone."
I'm alright with book covers getting the models wrong, but Dana is supposed to represent this girl who is more than she looks and blondie over there just doesn't do it.
I gave this book five four stars, so clearly I liked it. But that's not going to mean I don't have a few itches to scratch.
About the Erlking:
I really enjoyed this book but I didn't like the way it ended, that was really because I shipped something else and it wasn't endgame. But the book wasn't just about romance so I agree with the authors descion to end the series in this way
The last place Dana Hathaway ever imagined she’d have to go was Faerie. With both Queens of Faerie trying to kill her, she never thought her father would accept an invitation to visit Queen Titania of the Seelie Court.
Being presented at Court is supposed to be an honor, but when you are a Faeriewalker, like she is, the reason for the invitation is definitely suspect. And although they were promised safe passage and an escort, including Prince Henry himself and his Knights, traveling through Faerie is not likely to be as easy as everyone seems to believe.
As much as Dana would prefer to leave her friends behind, to keep them safe from harm, knowing that they’d be coming with her makes this perilous journey somewhat less frightening. And even though she and Ethan are even more at risk due to the Erlking’s influence in Faerie, just having him there with her makes her feel more secure.
But when a surprise attack nearly costs Dana her life and the life of her friends, the feeling of foreboding she has gets stronger. If the Queen’s promise of safety can’t even protect her son and his entourage, how can she possibly think she’ll make it to the Seelie Court, let alone make it back to Avalon, with her life, and her secrets, intact.
If Dana can’t figure out how to protect herself from the politics of Faerie and keep her friends out of harm’s way, none of them may ever see Avalon again. And if she can’t keep her distance from the Erlking, she may become the Wild Hunt’s next rider.
And she thought things in Avalon were complicated.
Sirensong, the third book in the Faeriewalker series, takes readers on another exciting adventure with Dana Hathaway – this time leaving the relative safety of Avalon for the significantly more dangerous world of Faerie.
The story picks up just shortly after everything that transpired with the Erlking and the Wild Hunt in Shadowspell. Dana is still living in her safe house, continuing to train with Keane and trying to figure out a way out of the bargain she made with the Erlking.
As she heads off to Faerie with her father and her friends, Dana is still keeping secrets about just what happened with the Erlking, secrets that may put more than just her friendships on the line. And leaving behind her alcoholic mother, who refuses to even admit she has a problem, makes Dana even more worried about what she’ll be returning home to, if she is even allowed to return.
Sirensong is a bewitching story of Faerie magic, heroism, bravery, love and friendship. As Dana tries to navigate the complex landscape of Faerie, she learns more about the power of honesty, about who she is, what she is capable of, and the importance of friendship.
Jenna Black has written yet another charming and completely captivating story in the series. There are a few surprises, someone new to keep an eye on, and a slightly darker turn for one of the character. And although this installment may not have quite as steamy a scene as there was in Shadowspell, there is just as much tension and a few heart-racing moments that will entice.
This book is a must read for fans of the series and for readers who enjoy an enchanting adventure through the magical world of Faerie, with a bit of a mystery to piece together, a few ulterior motives to uncover, and a heroine who is brave, incredibly determined, and who has some pretty cool powers.
On a personal note:
This series is such a yummy distraction from reality. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s so easy to caught up in the adventure. And this one is definitely an adventure.
Finally Dana gets to go into Faerie. I couldn’t wait to see how the author treated this magical place. And although I didn’t get to see a lot of Faerie I loved her take and was completely sucked into the journey – Green Ladies, Brownies, Bogles and all.
The author does a great job at the beginning of filling in all the pieces, so that you technically don’t have to read the first couple of books in order to read this one, but I still wouldn’t recommend skipping them. As much as you can get caught up with the story, you won’t have developed your connection with the characters. And you won’t really know Ethan, Keane or Kimber enough understand why they react as they do.
If you’re reading all three books in one sitting, the rehash may slow the pace, which doesn’t really pick up steam until they leave for Faerie, but if it’s been awhile between books it is super helpful.
Once Dana arrived in Faerie I was not able to put the book down. And between her practice fights with Keane and how Ethan dealt with his jealousy, there were some seriously entertaining and laugh out loud moments.
After Shadowspell, the Erlking, also known as Arawn, was my second favorite character, but now I think he’s my favorite. I still love Dana, but the flawed half-mortal that she is, is really no competition for the age-old leader of the Wild Hunt. He’s conniving, he’s gorgeous, he’s wicked cool and he seems absolutely intrigued by Dana. Maybe even a little frightened of her, though he’d never admit it.
Dana is still lovable, with her sarcasm, lack of interest in all things girlie, and her tough and determined streak. And I like that she seems to be getting more of a dark side – maybe it’s her faerie half shining through. I’m interested to see where that might lead, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a fourth book.
But as this story wraps up without a cliffhanger, I’m now terrified to think that there might not be a book four. I still think there are more adventures to be had with more story left to tell, I just hope the author does too.
So, in order to keep my hope alive, I’ll just say I can’t wait to read the next book in the Faeriewalker series.
And yes, I realize that Dana and the Erlking would probably not be the best couple – she’s young and he’s ancient – but still, their personalities make them a great match.