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Seven Black Diamonds
by Melissa Marr
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HarperCollins, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In Seven Black Diamonds, Melissa Marr introduces a new half human, half fae heroine, Lilywhite Abernathy, in a fantasy world where war has raged between humans and faeries ever since human action caused the death of the heir of Endellion, the aptly named Queen of Blood and Rage. Now, her daughter Eilidh is heir and the queen has unleashed half-human, half-fae terrorist Sleepers on an unsuspecting world.

Lily's loving father is a mob boss, who has trained his daughter in his business interests and to protect herself, his list of Abernathy Commandments beginning 'Choices matter', 'Be yourself' and 'Never get caught.' On her seventeenth birthday, Lily meets international singing sensation Creed Morrison, whom she suspects (rightly) of sharing her half-fae heritage. He wants to get to know her better, and that becomes possible after her father enrols her in St. Columba's, 'home to children from some of the wealthiest families in the world', including one of Endellion's Sleeper cells.

There are the expected conflicts, misunderstandings, and angst a-plenty as these young people adjust to each other, and struggle with the work assigned to them by Endellion. Gradually, long-held secrets (including those of Eilidh) - and talents - are revealed. Then the Queen commands the Cell leader to bring Lilywhite to her in the Hidden Lands. Which is where they all learn that they have been lied to all their lives. There, Lily makes a bargain with Endellion - and changes her name. Seven Black Diamonds is an entertaining romantic fantasy that will engage YA readers.

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