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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
The Starlit City by Eliza Tilton is the second book in The Shifting Fae series. Kelia has arrived at the magi prison to retrieve Callum Deathstrike. Kelia needs the powerful dark Fae to retrieve the Prodigal Child from Starlit City. She offers to exchange Callum’s freedom for his help in bringing the child to the surface. He agrees but feels disadvantaged since he has a collar preventing him from using magic. Kelia refuses to remove the collar and proudly professes, “I am a weapon.” Callum notices that Kelia lacks social etiquette and intends to remedy this. They reach the River of Night and Callum teaches Kelia how to communicate, igniting a feeling that Kelia has never felt before. Falling into the icy water, Kelia releases Callum from his collar to save her. As the pair enter Starlit City, Callum and Kelia both know something is wrong.
I found the vivid world created by Eliza Tilton to be enchanting. The brazen manners of Kelia are unusual in a female character. I connected with Callum more, despite the implication that he could be evil. While their physical attributes define the characters, I enjoyed the remarkable depiction of the emotions displayed between Callum and Kelia. The inner turmoil Kelia felt assisted in building tension with Callum. The character interaction, action, and suspense held my attention to the end. While this is the second book in the series, The Starlit City could also be a standalone novel. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy fantasy novels with slow-burn romance played out through emotions.