Book: Stopping Time
Author: Melissa Marr Genre: Young Adult Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Date Published: April 13, 2010
An exciting e-story original sequel to Ink Exchange!
Leslie walked away from the Dark Court, determined to reclaim her life and live it on her own terms-even if it meant leaving behind the two faeries who love her. She knows Niall and Irial watch over her, and she would give almost anything to keep them from hurting. But she resists the pull to be with either one of them.
Someone knows about Leslie-s past, however, and is intent on using her to reach the fey. And he doesn-t care who gets hurt-.
Why did I read this:
So I read this immediately after I read Ink Exchange. I was so thoroughly engrossed in the characters, that and I simply had to know what happened. This is only a short story, but it’s a tale that needed telling and ties up a few loose ends.
Irial had given his court to Nial, both out of love for Nial and Leslie, and because that love also made him a weaker King. Leslie is in college and pushing through on her own. It is hard, but it is her own choice. She misses both Nial and Irial immensly. Possibly Irial more because of what they shared.
Her brother comes back to use her as bait to get his hands on a fey to pay off some debt he has to some dealer. Her brother, the one who had sacrificed her before to pay off a drug debt. The one person with a death warrant on his head from the Dark Fey court.
Leslie couldn’t make the decision before to get rid of him, as he was family, despite the evil he inflicted on her. However, after threatening her life, and she just barely escaping him, he is finished off by Nial. Except Irial asks to take the blame for it before Nial can go to Leslie. Irial once again does this for love of them both.
There was hope to this story. Irial left for love. And that makes me completely respect him. In this short story I felt even more connected to Leslie. She understands the darkness and doesn’t begrudge either Nial or Irial it, but she knows what she would become in that court and that she would not be able to survive it. They would love her no matter what, accept whatever she became. But that is not the person who she wants to be.
This girl has courage, and a strong fortitude. While I felt this a rather rushed installment with perhaps a bit of info dump, it really does help to tie up some of the loose threads and cement the decisions made at the end of Ink Exchange. A good companion piece to read at the end of the novel, I would think.