Publisher: MLR Press
Review of “Diego” from the Endangered Fae series by Angel Martinez
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I want you to know I tried really hard to find a reason to not give this book 5 hearts. I’m a new reviewer, and I didn’t want to appear, well, easy.
If you haven’t read the first book, I highly recommend reading “Finn” first.
The second novel in the Endangered Fae series opens with an argument between Diego and Finn. Diego’s jealousy is so out of control, he manages to rip a hole in the Veil between the ordinary world and that of the Fae. He’s still new to the magic thing, too. Finn follows, and this transports the story to the land of the Fae, but deposits them on opposite sides of the two Fae camps.
I found it difficult to put the book down at this point.
In the first book, I loved the pooka Finn’s dialogue, rich, clever, and resonating with the Celtic. The land of Fae was reflected in Finn’s dialogue and thoughts. The blend of cultures, both Latino and Celtic, was a smooth fit in both novels. In the second, the other side of the Veil is steeped in Celtic myth—heroes and villains, ancient alliances and treacheries of the immortals, and this is the place Diego and Finn end up.
What I loved and found intriguing about Diego and Finn is that not only are they hampered by human and pooka flaws, each struggles with a major disability. Finn is poisoned by the human world, which is thoroughly explored in the first book. Diego struggles with epilepsy, the result of an act of kindness gone bad. Both of these issues were the major struggle in the first book, but the characters are able to turn them into strengths.
With the help of Tia Carmen, Diego’s landlady in the ordinary world and a powerful bruja, Diego and Finn eventually overcome the first of many obstacles. They don’t stop there. Every resolution brings a new problem. With clear, perfect prose, Angel Martinez grabs hold of the reader, the story, and never makes it easy for her characters to get out of trouble. We finally get the sweet romantic reconciliation for Diego and Finn, but with a whole new world of trouble on the horizon.
I received an ARC for a fair and honest review.