I really struggled with this book. To begin with, this is my first time reading about "fairy or feary" (don't really understand that word..anyway)therefore took me quite a while to deal with the strange creatures who are cute but deadly. They seem so wrong in so many ways and messed with my childhood memories of fairyland. After working through the weird encounters, the way the fey looked and acted, and of course meeting Ash, I finally became engrossed with the story, so much so, I got the next book "the Iron daughter". What can I say, I am a sucker for romance and action!