Series: Crescent City #3
Published by Orbit on April 7, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, implied sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Magic and mystery collide in this thrilling conclusion to the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine's true focus. Freeing her from the spirit's grasp is all he can think about, especially with no real solution on the horizon.
Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches' machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end.
Not realizing until I picked up THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES that it was the final book in the Crescent City Trilogy, I was mildly disappointed to be done with the world. While I felt like THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES did a good job of wrapping up a lot of the unsolved questions in the trilogy, I still wish there could be more books in this fun and action-packed series.
THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES deals mostly with Harlow trying to get her body back from her evil twin who is inhabiting it, and with the witches plot against the fae. While the book could almost have had just one of those mysteries as the central plot, it didn't feel too crowded with both. The way they were tied together was done very well, and while we didn't get as much time with some characters as we previously did, the rest of the characters acted in expected ways and didn't do anything weird simply for the plot's sake. It was all clearly plotted out very well.
Part of my disappointment is that there wasn't ever much screen time with Augustine and Harlow together, and though it is easy to tell there is a relationship blossoming between them, the reader doesn't get to see much of it, just the very beginning stages. I wouldn't have minded a little more romance between the two, even though I recognize that it is hard, when Harlow wasn't the main "spirit" in her body for most of the book.
All in all, I really enjoyed the Crescent City Trilogy. Painter kept up the action throughout, there were great characters, and mysteries to keep the readers guessing at every turn. Plus, I very much appreciate that the loose ends were tied up at the end of this installment, instead of leaving things open. This is a perfect trilogy for somebody not looking to invest in a ten book long series, but still wants the world development and action, just in a smaller package. If you haven't had a chance to, now that it's finished, it's a perfect time to start reading!Series Titles:
- For another series by this author, try the House of Comarré series by Kristin Painter.
- For another book about fae, try THE EXILE by C. T. Adams.
I got a chance to ask Kristen some questions! See below for our quick interview!
All Things Urban Fantasy: Why New Orleans? What made you decide to set the trilogy there?
Kristen Painter: I love the city, love spending time there. I just needed a reason to visit more often and call it research.
ATUF: Now that the Crescent City trilogy is finished, do you have any plans to continue to write books in the same world? Will we ever see Augustine and Harlow in future books?
KP: I don’t have any plans to return to this world. I feel like I’ve done everything in it I wanted to, but never say never, right?
ATUF: Your fae are all quite different from each other. Where did you get your ideas for your fae types?
KP: They just come to me! Inspiration could be a song, a movie, a piece of artwork, an article in the paper. I really never know.
ATUF: Same with the magic! There are so many kinds of magic – the witches’ magic, Voodoo, the chaos magic, the fae magic, did you have some sort of inspiration for all the different kinds?
KP: My main goal was to make each kind unique to the characters, so I tried to think what would work for each characters.
ATUF: Are there any urban fantasy books or series you’re currently loving? Anything you’ve read recently?
KP: I’m deep into the Jack Reacher series at the moment. I tend not to read in the genre I’m writing since my head is already too full of that kind of world.
ATUF: Who would win a game of tag: the fae or the witches?
KP: I think the fae. They’re faster!