Ink Exchange, the second book of Melissa Marr's Faerie series tells us about the Dark Court of faeries. They are a fearsome bunch that feeds off the negative emotions of the faeries around them. But lately there's been a problem with that. With the seasonal faerie courts in a new truce, there isn't enough to feed the Dark Court, they must find a way to feed off the emotions of the humans around them in order to survive.
We follow Leslie as she tries to avoid her shattered and dangerous home life. Ash, Seth, and Keenan from the first book, make just enough of an appearance to allow the two stories to flow together very nicely, but they are distant enough that this book could be easily read without having read the first.
As this book tells the story of the dark court, it is a much darker story than the first filled with pain and suffering that the dark faeries surround themselves with. However, the descriptions and scenes keep the "bad parts" of the story covered in a layer of fog so the reader does not have to get to close and see the gory details if they choose not to.
With a very nice twist at the end that I hadn't entirely expected (same result totally different path to get there) the book left me satisfied with just enough curiosity to go pick up the next book in the series, but it was wrapped up enough that I could move on without feeling the urgent need to rush to the store so I could find out what happened.
I rated the book 3.5 stars. There were a few scenes in the story where the words did not quite flow correctly that made me have to stop and read over it again to understand what she was talking about.