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Melissa Marr
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3 Mar 2011 Wicked Lovely

The fifth and final breathtaking instalment in the darkly seductive and best-selling WICKED LOVELY series, about the collision of mortal and faery worlds…

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.
Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan left Huntsdale to wander aimlessly but after centuries of leading his court it was not long before the reality of being Summer King became too pressing. Violence seemed more inevitable by the day and the Summer Court was not yet strong enough to face conflict, so Keenan made a dangerous deal with the water fey. It is a desperate bargain he makes to strengthen his court against the coming war. Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. She knows she must be a powerful queen to hold her court together, while Bananach becomes more and more dangerous, and she is losing faeries to her. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. Her court is still powerful, but she must remain focused on keeping them that way and not get distracted by Keenan when he shows up at her door again. The Dark Court is thrown into chaos when they are rocked by tragedy. 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.

They all know what Bananach seeks – the raven-faery is the embodiment of war and discord. She and her growing number of allies want mutiny and murder. Love, despair and betrayal ignite the Faeries Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win… and some will lose everything. The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; paperback / softback edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007346158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007346158
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her first title was Wicked Lovely.

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Praise for ‘Wicked Lovely’:
“Marr offers readers a fully imagined faery world that runs alongside an everyday world, which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into.” Publisher’s Weekly

“The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get? Readers will beg for a sequel.” Washington Post

"This is a magical novel… the first book in a trilogy that will guarantee to have you itching for the next instalment. * * * *" Bliss

About the Author

Melissa Marr was voted in high school the “most likely to end up in jail”. Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her novels Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows are published by HarperCollins.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and satisfying 25 Feb 2011
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Have just read this on my kindle and really enjoyed it. It's good. Not great, but definitely good. Melissa Marr's managed to keep me interested enough to read all five of her books in this series.

In this book, there's a cheeky little twist that occurs in order to bring to an end the Aislinn, Keenan, Donya, Seth love thingy - more than a triangle but less than a square, or rectangle, make of that what you will :).

The water fey described in the beginning of the book really piqued my interest and I wondered that Marr was introducing yet another new thread into this already massive tapestry. I believe the water fey were perhaps meant to play a larger part in the story than they actually did - I could be wrong, but it certainly felt that way.

There are some more new kids on the block, Death and his sister. They've turned up for one very important fairy, but as they wait they gather up several more who are killed thanks to Bananach (the fairy of War). Bananach's had enough of being the fey bully, she's tired of reigning in her cruelty and decides it's time that blood spilled...some will fall...

Leslie from Ink Exchange makes a reappearance, and practically everyone features in this book - which must have been quite a challenge to write. Devlin, Ani and Sorcha fall into the background, which makes sense considering their stories were told in 'Radiant Shadows' (Book 4).

Certainly entertaining, but for me this doesn't leap into first place ahead of the other books in the series. The four books ahead of 'Darkest Mercy' deal with different main characters, this book pulls together the various stories into a fairly satisfying conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 3 Feb 2014
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I loved all these books. It was a great ending to this series of books, bringing everything into synthesis. I really recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkest Mercy 25 April 2013
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I had the first 2 books in this series and once I'd read those I had to read the 3rd one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 April 2013
By Jen
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Five out of Five!
I loved this book and i was completely engaged in it as soon as i started! Marr has done a brilliant job and i look forward to reading more books like this!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Not the Best in the Series 29 Aug 2012
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Honestly, to me Melissa is a genius. The sheer size and complexity of this story is mind boggling!

It is not just that by the time you read Darkest Mercy there are about seven faerie courts involved - each with its set of regents, hierarchy and followers - but the fact that she manages to give each of them, and I do not mean just the courts but every character within them, very defined characteristics, personality and interests. Not to mention the politics in between the courts, which... closely resembles real life politics: lies, manipulation, misleading, good intentions behind devious means and worse. As an inspiring writer, creating a story filled with so many characters that are all so different seems like a damn tall order, but Melissa manages it beautifully.

Is Darkest Mercy the best book of the saga? I am not sure. Then again, I cannot see the story ending any other way. Be prepared to run for the tissues.

What amazes me the most about this series, though, is Melissa's contrasts: beauty is sickening, cold is passionate, perfection is boring, cruelty is noble and death is merciful. The tittles to her books are a good hint of how she operates. Every first impression you have of any situation and any character gets thrown right out of window as you get to know them better, to the point that after all the lies, deceits, deaths and love affairs you cannot really dislike any of them, apart from Discord. Keenan is the typical example for me. Through his manipulations, misleading and lies I can say I did not like him from the very beginning and was hoping he would pay for his ways. In Darkest Mercy, however, you will discover a little more about him and I found myself hoping he would also have his shot at true love and happiness.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic end to an unforgettable series 21 Mar 2011
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We start right where we left off in the last book; in the aftermath of Bananach's attack on those of the Dark court, Gabriel's daughter Tish is already dead by her hands and Irial, having tried to defend the Dark King; Nial, is now seriously injured and facing death. Nial is angry and suffering without Irial's guidance and he has lost the faith in himself he needs to be the Dark King his court needs. Without Irial around, he slowly begins to turn insane and turning against those that he cares about as a result. Everything regarding Irial is not what it seems though, with the stitching together of their dreams by Rae in the last book...

Meanwhile, having not heard much from Keenan, we now see what he has been doing for the last 6 months since leaving Aislinn, the Summer Queen and his counterpart to Summer in charge of their court. We see that it was a valuable use of time from which he gains new allies as a result and which could come into play if Bananach succeeds in her mission to cause the War she so desperately wants. We see how Aislinn has been able to deal with the Summer Court on her own but is missing both Keenan and Seth who is still in Faerie following the closing of the Veil in the last book.

But Seth of course , is not one to sit back, so inevitably he leaves Fairie to go see Aislinn and help his `brother'; The Dark King Nail and a few other's along the way... Seth sees future threads as we learned in the last book, but not once does he utter what they may be to anyone, heightening the tension and uping the anti as the inevitable fight against Bananach looms closer. It is only a matter of time rather than an if and it then becomes a game of trying to get all the courts to stand together in opposition to her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkest mercy
i love this book, it has to be one of my favs, who knew that the fey could be so intereseting I would advice everyone to read the Wicked lovely series because they are amazing,
Published 23 months ago by pheonix
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment.
When I started reading this series I thought they were great, lots of twists and turns so when I bought this I thought the concluding one would be the best of them all. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The long awaited conclusion to the Wicked Lovely series
I expected a lot from this book. First, a well-written and realistic battle against Banananach, a final and clear answer for the love-triangle-but-not-really between Ash, Seth and... Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by The Book Eater
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb novel for taking you away from it all..........
I have always liked books about the Sidhe, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts and Melissa Marr certainly knows how to draw her readers in. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Pyewacket
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect ending
I love the series and reading this made me love it even more!! I think it is the best one and it inspired me to read the rest of the series again. Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant End to a Fantastic Series
I have enjoyed this series for a good few years now, and I'm sad to see it come to an end. But this book ended the series perfectly, with all the loose ends tied up and everyone... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by TopazEyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a great series
Darkest Mercy seemed like a long wait coming but when it finally arrived it was a great end to series. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by C. Walker
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