Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Court has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .
I really enjoyed this book. I've never been one of the biggest fans of the fey--they've always seemed rather off-putting and not individuals I could identify with, which is probably why this book was much better suited to my tastes. I really enjoyed getting into Niall's head, and Leslie was an interesting character with whom I could really identify. The first half to two-thirds of the book were a blur of pages. But when the ink exchange was complete, well, I think the nature what that implied kind of blurred the characters and made it harder for me to not only follow what was going on, but to keep my interest. It's a fine line to walk, when the characters change so much, and are under such duress, that they no longer reach out to the reader. I don't think it worked especially well here. That said, I do need to pick up the rest of this series, as I really love the world Marr has built and need to read more :)
And Mockingjay comes out in an hour and a half. Holy crap, can't wait!!