Title: Diego (Endangered Fae #2)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M, Fantasy, Fae
Published: May 2nd 2014 by MLR Press (first published July 2nd 2009)
Pages/Word Count: 296 Pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Diego and Finn’s peaceful life in Montana shatters when Diego unwittingly rips a hole in the Veil to the Otherworld – mysterious prophecies, dying fae, hostile government agents, and there’s so much more that could still go wrong.
After defeating an evil wendigo, a man and his pooka lover deserve a little quiet. Unfortunately, Diego and Finn’s hard-won peace is disturbed when Diego, in a jealous rage, unwittingly rips a hole in the impenetrable Veil to the Otherworld.
Separated, stuck on the other side of the Veil where Finn has to face old conflicts and Diego is the only human in a land of fae, the two of them navigate rocky waters between huge egos and ancient feuds. Worse still, some of the fae are dying of a mysterious illness and everyone believes Diego is the key to a cure. Things can’t possibly get any worse, can they? Oh, yes – they can when the US government gets involved.
I adore Finn. When I finished his book, I immediately picked up Diego. I needed more Finn! Don’t get me wrong, Diego is a wonderful character too. He is Finn’s soul mate and he takes good care of my Pooka. In this installment our guys are settled in Montana, living a seemingly happy life together. Diego travels a lot with his new found fame and worries about Finn being alone. It is not apparent how much insecurity he is feeling until he returns home early one day and finds Finn in bed asleep with a woman wrapped in his arms. Diego immediately thinks the worst and ignores Finn when he tries to explain. In his rage he accidentally rips open the Veil between the human world and the Fae realm. He wakes to find himself alone in a strange place, but only for a few moments, until he is whisked away to the Fae Queen, Danu.
Here our adventure begins as we are introduced to the fae, the landscape of their world, its inhabitants and politics. Never fear, Finn is there too, just not with Diego. In this part of the story, we get more background on Finn and his role in the Fae world. We also see changes in Diego as his confidence in his magical abilities grows and he learns of his past lives with Finn and the fae. We also learn that all is not well in the Fae realm and Diego seems to be the key to saving them.
The story moves between both worlds and all is well until the United States government gets involved. Then things take a darker tone. If you have read any of Ms Martinez books, you will find she can write happy and light as well as dark and torturous. I admit that my heart was broken and bruised for a while there. It is at times disturbing and graphic but well written and I could not put it down. One bright spot in this section is meeting Zack, who is a great character and one we revisit in the next book, Semper Fae.
We also get to know some of the fae. They are wonderful – rich and well developed. I love Lugh, the Queens Champion, and the role he plays in Diego’s past. There is also Faolchú , (champion for Balor) the Fomorian King, Eithne (Balor’s daughter), and Nathir, Sionnach and Angus. They all play major roles in the story.
I was at times frustrated at the lack of communication between Finn and Diego and their inability to trust one another. I think it was more my wanting things to go one way and the characters having to find each other at their own pace.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely darker than the first book but, never fear, it gets better and there is one scene at the end that involves a red plastic pen that I just loved.