Darkest MercyBook - 2011
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.
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.
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The previous books in the series followed the four faerie courts of Summer, Winter, Dark, and High. Aislinn, who once human before she became queen of the Summer Fae, begins the book alone, wondering where Keenan (her king) and Seth (her lover) have disappeared to. Keenan is busy strengthening his court by searching for allies for the coming war. Donia, the Winter Queen, also prepares her court for war. Meanwhile, Niall the king of the Dark court is crazed by the death of the former Dark King, Irial. Seth leaves the safety of the High court in the hopes of helping his friends.
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The Wicked Lovely series has been a bumpy ride. I adored Wicked Lovely and couldn't understand the changed point of view in Ink Exchange, especially seeing as how at the end she wasn't even turned into a Faery. I then loved Fragile Eternity and especially Niall and Irial's complicated relationship to each other in Radiant Shadows, now having said that it was hard to let the cast go in Darkest Mercy. Keenan and Donia, on opposite sides, are preparing for war while still pining after one another. Ash is trying to strengthen her court while fighting her own need for both Keenan and Seth. Seth meanwhile doesn't realize just what it means to be Sorcha's heir. He sometimes only thinks of what he considers important, from a still human perspective, and not from a Fae one. This causes Seth difficulties in this book.
The story covered a lot, and the reader barely had time to take a breath. All around though it was a fantastic ending. For some it might be anti climatic, for others, just right.
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