Review ~ City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter

Posted September 16, 2015 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 4 Comments

Review ~ City of Eternal Night by Kristen PainterCity Eternal Night by Kristen Painter
Narrator: Elijah Alexander
Length: 12 hrs 25 mins
Series: Crescent City #2
Published by Orbit on December 2, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 389
3 Stars
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Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.

But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.

I really liked seeing Harlow coming out of her shell and accepting her fae side. Getting involved more in Augustine’s investigations definitely helped her accept her gifts. Unfortunately she gets too comfortable with them and does something that is going to really complicate things. Augustine is going to have a hard time managing the personal problem that Harlow created as well as his job as Guardian.

Augustine really steps up to his position of Guardian and doesn’t let the other members of the Electros who oppose him deter him from doing his job. For someone who was so against this position in book one, he’s really gotten over that and is looking good in his leading position.

Giselle and Zara have gone WAY off course here, and have me wondering just what they are going to do now that they know the secret of the lightning tree. They went through so much in this book to really boost their powers, I am worried about what they are capable of. I really feel like Giselle is way too power hungry and with no one to keep her in place, she is going to go wild. The team she is pulling together and the power structure they are building is really going to make the witches a force to be reckoned with.

I found that I didn’t get deep into City of Eternal Night. We bounced around issues with Harlow, the witches, Branzino and Rue so much I wasn’t able to settle down into the main plot. There may have been some kind of link between them all, but I think I missed it. The ending pretty much just dropped off one storyline and introduced another. That makes me interested enough to read the next book. We’re pretty much left with two big storylines and I hope we stick to that so I don’t get a lot of stuff muddled up.

About Kristen Painter

From the author’s website:
A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.