Dark Faery II: The Mercifuls by Bridget McGowan
Bridget McGowan’s Dark Faery II: The Mercifuls is the second in a series, but it successfully leaves nothing desired. It stands alone as an enjoyable and fully-formed read in a magical world. The majority of the book follows the young Flynn Whitethorn, a musically talented faery that dreams of being in the talented and popular musicians in the group Shauna Faun. He begins to apprentice with Simon Mallow, the leader of the group, and soon finds out their secret—they are all vampyres and Flynn must become one (becoming known as a “dark faery”) to join. About half the book is dedicated to Flynn struggling with his decision of being turned, and while enjoyable, the book really begins to become an easy, invigorating read once he becomes a vampyre.
McGowan manages to successfully capture Flynn as he is “born” into becoming another thing altogether. It’s an interesting dichotomy to read about a character who is in an adult’s body, but is much like a child that needs to understand new rules, social constructs, and even his own baser urges. Being that Shauna Faun are indeed vampyres, they need to feed on human blood; but funnily enough, McGowan manages to make a scene where the faery vampyres flitter back and forth, taking turns to make a light show for the amusement of their prey as they feed. It’s such a joyful little scene, the reader almost forgets how dark it is that all the characters are sucking blood. The exuberant happiness of the vampyre scenes actually become the only real problem in the book; in the end, Flynn’s struggle with his change seems wholly unfounded as we, and he, find much more uncomplicated joy on the dark side.
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