When Taylor meets the beautiful and mysterious Lora, he has no idea who she really is—princess of the Unseelie Court who has fled her tyrannical, dark-faerie mother on a quest to align herself with the Bright Queen and begin a rebellion to change the course of faerie history forever. Lora holds many secrets, but all Taylor knows is that he is falling in love with her and beginning to see past the darkness of loss and shame of feeling blame for the tragedy that has befallen his little brother. Yet, as Lora encourages Taylor to befriend the outcast students of Unity High and lead them to reevaluate what it means to claim one’s identity, she also has a plan for her own future… a plan that could be lost if she too falls in love.
Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Taylor and Lora (known as Elora in her faerie realm), The Last Changeling weaves mystery, romance, and high school drama to speak to a variety of issues, including sexuality, social hierarchies, and parental failings. The central characters and their burgeoning romance melds with the fantastical elements in intriguing ways, but the cast of secondary teen characters are especially interesting, allowing for a story that will not only keep readers on the edge of their seats, but challenge them to think about identity in new ways.—Meghann Meeusen.
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