Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Review: Darkest Mercy
Title: Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5)
Author: Melissa Marr
Published: February 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins
Source: ARC courtesey of my awesome best buddy, Karen, from For What It's Worth
***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ANY OF THE WICKED LOVELY BOOKS OR RADIANT SHADOWS, STOP READING NOW. THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT DARKEST MERCY***
Summary: "The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.
Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless. "
Thoughts: There are not enough words in the English dictionary that can help describe how truly amazing this book is. I honestly didn't think anything could surprise me, but yet here I am, speechless and dazed. Oh, and happy. Did I mention that? What can I say? I love this series, and I love this book!
Radiant Shadows left readers with a lot of unanswered questions. What will happen to the Dark Court, since Bananach is running around crazy? What about Seth, Donia, Niall, and Ash? And where the heck is Keenan?! Luckily, all those questions and more will be answered in Darkest Mercy.
Though all the events take place after Radiant Shadows, in a way, Darkest Mercy is more of a combination of Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows. With Ink Exchange and Radiant Shadows, the points of views were more based on the Dark and High courts. With Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity, it focused more on Donia, Ash, Keenan, Seth and all the drama that unfolds with them. Luckily, Darkest Mercy seems to piece together all my favorite things and what really drew me to this series in the first place.
Oh, and swoon-worthy boys? For those of you who personally know me, I am a HUGE Keenan fan. If you're a member of the Rath (Wicked Lovely fan site), I was co-head of the Summer Court, a member of the Disco mafia and Kingling preacher through and through. I know he hasn't exactly been the best guy, but honestly believe he redeems himself for all the pain he has caused. Though some of the things that happened were bittersweet, I could not be any happier than I was once I finished and closed the book. I think I hugged it after I finished, too. But if you're not a Keenan fan (WHAT?!), don't fret. All your favorite characters will play some sort of roll in this story. So if you're a Niall fan or Irial fan or even a Seth fan (ick, lol), I'm sure you'll be pleased.
I really, really don't want to go into details due to fear of spoiling this for anyone. What I will say is, what you think you know may be wrong. Anticipate the unexpected. There will be sadness, but there will also be joy. Personally, I think the ending is not alone poetic, but well-rounded. Everything will come around in full circle, and really, that's all someone can ask for.
Psssst. FYI: Wicked Lovely has always been my favorite book in the entire series. Well, it's not anymore. :)