All that Glows
By Ryan Graudin
Published on February 11, 2014
Published by Harper Teen
Published by Harper Teen
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
I love faery stories. I have read pretty much every series that is out there about faeries. So when I saw this book in the Harper catalogs for this spring I was super excited. I mean, look at the cover! Not only is it a story about the Fae, but it is also a story that involves English princes- hello, this is a perfect story!
I did enjoy All that Glows, but I can't say that it was one of the best Fae stories that I have read. It did keep me engaged and the mystery kept me reading. I didn't predict pretty much anything that happened. I did enjoy reading the romance between Emrys and Richard. I found it to be interesting and not overdone.
The book did have a few missteps in my opinion. First of all, if you aren't used to reading books about Fae, or know how the Fae usually works in novels, you will be at a major disadvantage with this. All that Glows assumes that you are familiar with how Fae books works, and takes no time to world build or explain any history to the reader- I really found that to be disappointing, especially since events were constantly referenced but never described.
All that Glows was a good book. It seemed ambiguous about whether it is a solo book or a series starter, but my guess is that it is a solo book. If you are a fan of fae books, this was a fun read. If you haven't read a fairy story before, you may want to brush up on your fae wikipedia articles before starting it.