Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City #3)
Published: Apr. 7, 2015 (Orbit)
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Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Margaret
Rating (out of 5): 3 stars
Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series.
A few days have passed since the end of City of Eternal Night and Augustine’s main objective remains freeing Harlow from possession by her dead twin Ava Mae. But his Guardian duties are threatening to interfere as tourists start disappearing and the NOPD needs his help. One of the missing is the son of a senator with strong anti-othernatural views who can make life miserable for the Fae. Meanwhile, new coven leader Giselle and her sister are working on a chaos spell that would allow them to take over the city.
The story in Garden of Dreams and Desires is both too much and too little. I feel like this could have been two books that got combined. It has three major villains, and a few minor ones, each of whose plots could have been developed more. Nothing really grabbed my interest in any of their stories and most of them didn’t really get what they deserved. It felt kind of like a to do list: 1. Defeat Ava Mae 2. Defeat witches, etc.
I knew that Harlow would get free of her sister. (I don’t think that’s really a spoiler. It happens fairly early on.) And I knew more or less how that would happen, so there were no surprises there. I did like that she really came into her own afterward. She gains confidence and fully participates in, even sometimes leading, the investigation. And she gets to show off her computer skills and her new found Fae powers. This is the heroine I wanted her to be all along.
I also like Augustine’s lieutenants and the rest of the supporting cast so I was happy to see them get a good amount of time on the page. But I wish they had more to do—more action and more banter. I don’t know if I would have cared about Cy and Dulcinea if I hadn’t met them in the previous books.
I loved the earlier books in the series so I’m kind of disappointed with this ending. Olivia’s end in particular is less than satisfying. It does feel open-ended enough that Kristen Painter could return to this world, so maybe novellas about the secondary characters could round out the story some day. I’m glad that I know how it all ends. I just wish there had been some surprises along the way.
Sexual content: kissing