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Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely) Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Completely and utterly captivated by this series, Marr is a legendPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book, great service. What more can you say. Thank you.Published 20 months ago by G M Heath
I love escapism ,let's face it this is nothing but. This book is the one you buy to see if everything you thought would pan out does. A nice tidy finish!Published on 3 Dec. 2014 by Jul
I loved all these books. It was a great ending to this series of books, bringing everything into synthesis. I really recommend this bookPublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by trelissa
I had the first 2 books in this series and once I'd read those I had to read the 3rd one!Published on 25 April 2013 by K. Stewart
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... Read more
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 on 8 May 2012 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on 24 Aug. 2011 by Amazon Customer