Summary (From Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16121427-elfin) – Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.
He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.
Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.
Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.
The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?
Let me start off by saying, that I love everything Quinn Loftis has to write. I breezed right through the Prince of Wolves Series, and I’m dying for the next one. In both this series and Prince of Wolves. Because Quinn has done it again.
I enjoy the fun, playful manner most of her novels are written in, the best part is she can do both playful and serious. It’s hard sometimes I think to find an author who is willing to be so playful because they want their stories to be deadly serious, and somewhat gloomy…well why not have both?
Cassie, our main lead gal, is a good girl, and there is nothing wrong with that, its kind of refreshing that she actually was the good girl. Lots of book descriptions say – oh yes she is a good girl, but actually you find out they aren’t, they swear, they drink a lot more than what i would describe as “good girl type of behavior”, they just aren’t this innocent person they are trying to put across. And i understand no one wants a super good girl, but hey at least try. But its more than that Cassie is actually a really good person and that’s what counts, she doesn’t just bend to new love interest (Trik’s) views on the world because she found this thing called love. She is true to who she is, and Plato’s (I think its been a while since I’ve done philo.) says that a true, healthy loving relationship is when the two involved change enough for the better,
Trik is our all American – well not American Elvin? – bad boy. As my favorite nickname says, – ass squared. He is assassin with a little bitty secret, which I am not going to say what it is. He is protective, caring, annoyingly handsome, and jeez can i have one? I felt for him at the end, the beginning i was with Cassie i wanted him to change, I wanted to him to understand what he was doing was wrong. But there was nothing i could do i waited for the story to play out.
Elora, the best friend – because we all have one, and it only makes sense that she is our insightful lady with all info on elves in the beginning. She remains constant in the story – i just imagine a dark, spunky girl, who really just wants to be known as the smart-ass. But she is fiercely protective of her friend, and that i totally respect. Honestly I’m hoping something happens between her and Ned, who shows up at the end.
Okay so the Elfin race. Hmm. I loved the concept, but my mind kept wanting me to go back to the Fey, i know they aren’t the Fey but i kept thinking that they were. They show such similarities to them but if we are sticking to the Fey from the Prince of Wolves series than I can see the difference, and i respect it. I think that just because these are the first Elves that i have come across aside from in depth fantasy *cough lord of the rings cough cough* that i was unsure what to expect.
With all that said lets talk plot! I loved it as I love all of Loftis’ plots in her stories. It was fast-paced, starting out strong, ending strong, which is really nice, sometimes its okay to have resting places but sometimes i just want a story that will keep me on my toes, up until 4 o’clock in the morning only to wake up at 9 to finish it because i feel asleep exhausted unable to stay awake any longer. So plot-wise i enjoyed, there were even things that caught me off guard, well sort of. I had suspected somethings, they were just random thoughts of mine while reading i didn’t take them seriously, i should have then i could have the bragging rights to say that i saw it coming, but i let the thought slip away and i lose that right. But its all cool with me, the more you keep me guessing the better.