Blurb: What’s worse than fighting with allies? Fighting without them.
Lily Singer—wizard and library archivist—has a problem. After finally learning the truth about her family’s past, she finds she doesn’t like it one bit. Now she must reconcile old grudges, make questionable allies, and bend the law to fix a problem that’s not even her fault. Add to that having inconvenient feelings for her troublemaking witch friend while trying to date an overeager FBI agent, and Lily isn’t sure she’s strong enough to face the future, much less overcome it.
With old friends and new allies making life complicated, Lily, Sebastian, and Sir Kipling must race to stop her father’s evil plans before it’s too late. Can they work together to save the day? Or will they let their differences divide them?
This series just keeps getting better! I love these books so much that having received the first one as a free ARC ebook I went ahead and bought all four in paperback and got them signed by the author via post!
Allies is the third book in the series and, as in the previous two, the author has divided the book into two separate ‘episodes’, broken by an ‘interlude’ short from Sebastian’s point of view. I think that this format works really well with the light, fun, easy style of the writing and drives the plot in a similar way to separate episodes of a tv series: each episode follows a shorter arc, but slots in to the bigger story.
The plot (smaller and larger) is great fun, with action-adventure interspersed with a bit of romantic comedy (the area where Lily is definitely at her least competent!).
As always though it is the characters that win it for me, and as the title makes clear, they are the main focus of this book. Lily and Sebastian are as quirkily wonderful as ever, and Mr Kipling is at his snarky-softie best; but the side characters are also engagingly individual. Madam B, Lily’s family, Tina, Richard and most recently Allen: they are not all perfect or heroic, but they are all distinct and believable, and the relationships and interactions are natural.
Very excited to move on to the fourth installment (just as soon as I’ve cleared some more of my TBR pile!)…
“Don’t fool yourself with silly fantasies. Magic is glorious and terrifying in equal measures. It’s dangerous and difficult to control and can do just as much damage as good. Which one it does is up to you.”
– Lily Singer in Allies, Lydia Sherrer
For my review of the first book in the series, check here.