At first blush, there is not much to Lily when she is first introduced. She has turned eighteen two days earlier, recently graduated from high school and has not given much thought to her future.
I will be honest, if any of the characters are difficult to write about, it would be Lily. She is complicated in so many ways, that a sense of connection with her is problematic. Gradually, layer by layer, she is exposed through the life changing events that occurred before she learned to walk and through her present life that is dictated by a past she does not recognize as her own.
There are times when the layers peel off on their own accord, at other times they are controlled by the situation at hand. Examples are her excitement and fear over her newly found abilities; unfamiliar and confusing emotions for the mysterious Sidhe prince; a fierce commitment and love for her brother Lucas and her subconscious determination to stay emotionally detached from her unknown parents. The wall she has built around herself is slowly chipped away revealing a frightened and lonely girl who only wants to be able to connect...with anyone.
Can Lily rule by Tharin's side as queen of the Thirteen Clans of Velesi? She has her doubts. And why shouldn't she? She not only has to learn their ways, but she will have to fight off "an evil older than time", keep a protective eye out for her best friend Julia, learn how to command her newly attained ability to drift, stay a step ahead of an assassin group call the Ange, and all the while try not to look like a fool in Tharin's eyes. And, in the end, she will face a new dangerous player who takes her from Tharin's side.
Oh, and then there's Cessa, Tharin's cat. Briefly introduced in THE BINDING Cessa will have a major role to play in Lily's life in the followup book.
Meet Lily Michaels. An halfling elf who everyone wants, but not always with good intentions.
Until next time, good reading to all!