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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
El Holly’s Fate of the Fae opens with Eevee on the run with Aspen. They move from one motel to another in the human realm to avoid capture by Nightglade. Eevee wants to visit her human family in Duluth, while Aspen goes to Elfaeme every night. He refuses to allow her to accompany him on his trips. Eevee feels overwhelming guilt that her boyfriend, Quince, and his family are in the Iron Prison while she can escape by realm jumping. Jalia, Nightglade’s youngest daughter, finds Eevee and shows her a visual memory of Nightglade’s attempt to crown her sister. The Unseelie crown rejected Ilinor by killing her. Jalia convinces Eevee to go to Elfaeme. Meanwhile, Quince has entered into a deal with Nightglade to save his parents. The deal depends on Eevee saving him from the Iron Prison.
El Holly fills every page with intense suspense. The alternating views of several characters give an in-depth look into their thoughts. I felt sympathy for Eevee. Learning that everything you ever knew was a lie would be overwhelming. Quince’s decision to save his parents was admirable, but it would be a hard choice to make. The story had unexpected twists that made it funny and gave hints about Eevee's mission to defeat Nightglade with the help of many characters. Eccentric gnomes threw a hilarious going-away party that delayed the group's travel plans for weeks. The time differences between each species confused me as much as they did Eevee. The revelations that Eevee, Jalia, Quince, and Aspen received made perfect sense. A stunning ending made me laugh as well. Fate of the Fae will appeal to fantasy readers who enjoy following a journey that encounters a multitude of colorful characters.