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All that Burns
All that Glows #2
by Ryan Graudin
Emrys’ job was to secretly guard the prince, not fall in love with him. However, loving him was a choice—one she gladly made, even when she had to give up her fairy power and immortality to be with him. The mortals distrust her because they think she cast a spell over the young prince. Now they want her and her fairy sisters dead.
To make matters worse, an old prisoner of Mabb’s has escaped and is determined to kill the royal family. No one knows who the prisoner is or what he will do. When Richard is abducted, no one knows if the enemy is a mortal or a fairy. Emrys and Richard’s sister try to figure out what has happened to him, but they must do it in secret, because in a world where fairy and mortals mix, it is impossible to know who to trust.
All that Burns is an interesting story that focuses on Emrys’ love and the loss of her power. Richard is worth all she has given up, but she still questions everything—her decision to give up her power and her new place within the mortal world. At times, Emry’s inner conflict overshadows the story’s action and suspense. In addition, many of the characters have lived thousands of years and reflect on their life in Camelot. Thus anyone who is not familiar with King Arthur and Camelot may be confused. One bright spot in the story is Richard’s sister Anabelle who is fiercely devoted to finding Richard and returning him to Emrys’ arms.
- When Richard touches Emrys she says it, “reminds me—in a faint and aching way—of magic. The way a spell burned just under my skin. Waiting to explode. This is what his touch does to me. Every time.” And then they kiss.
- Richard’s touch slides down Emrys’ collarbone, his hand sinks into her hair and they kiss. “Richard’s breathe scarves my neck and his kisses trail down, forging new paths all the way to my collarbone . . . Want rises inside me, like the first surge on an unleashed spell.” When Emrys reaches for the zipper on her dress, Richard “goes rigid.”
- Another time Emrys kisses Richard and her, “hand slides up his chest and draws him closer.”
- When another man kisses Emrys, she compares his kiss to Richard’s kiss.
- Emrys is plague by dreams of the fall of Camelot. She sees a field that has turned to mud and is, “churned and mixed with the blood of a thousand men. Full of flailing horses, snapped spears, and knights carved each other to pieces with crude metal.”
- A mob of angry mortals chase Emrys and are run off by a Black Dog, which is a soul feeder. The Black Dog, which eats mortals and fairies alike, corners Emrys, but doesn’t eat her.
- Emrys and Richard are attacked by men in black jackets and ski masks. A man presses a knife to Richard’s face and puts a cloth over his face that makes him go still. Emrys escapes only to see a Black Dog coming to get her.
- One of the king’s guards shoots the fairy queen with electricity, the only thing that can kill a fairy.
- When the veiling spell is broken, Emrys and the princess are chased by detectives.
- People burn an effigy of Emrys over a fire barrel.
- Emrys and Richard are put into a room underground, where they are told they will die when the building above them is blown-up.
- Emrys and Richard are chased by the Ad-hene, but someone comes to their rescue by using magic to slice a staircase in half. Then the palace of Westminster is blown up, crushing the Ad-hene.
- In the end the fairies corner Morgaine le Fay, who runs into tunnels that loop and cannot be escaped.
Drugs and Alcohol
- When Emrys is under a veiling spell, she describes her steps as, “if I’ve had too many gin and tonics. I guess I am drunk in a way, reeling under so much magic after so many months without it.”
- When inviting an enemy to dine at her table, the princess said, “I was thinking more along the lines of spiking his drink.”
- Richard tells Emrys, “the thought of losing you scares me shitless.”
- In a fit of panic the prince’s sister uses magic and then says, “Oh shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.”
- “Crap” is used once.
- There are fairies, spirits, and spells.