Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Title: Darkest Mercy
Series/Sequel? The final book of the Wicked Lovely Series
Author: Melissa Marr
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Age Level: YA (13-18)
Page Count: 327 (Hardcover) 
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.

Review: Darkest Mercy was full of surprises and deaths... and neither is respectively good or bad.

So many, many people died in this book. There were also a good amount of fake outs - you believing they were bad and then they turned out to still be living. I won't say exactly who died and who lived, but... it surprised and amazed me, all that happened.

Besides deaths, other things changed in this as well. People took on different roles, started and continued relationships with different people. I was surprised by all these different roles and relationships, but glad for the people that entered them, that they found their place and their people.

I was looking forward, in this last novel, for the High Court and the Shadow Court to meet up with the other courts and play other big roles. Much to my dismay, there were only mentionings of these courts in this novel; they didn't play a major role in the last battle, even though I thought they should have.

I hated, in this book, how grief-stricken and mad and inconsolable Niall became because of Irial. I admired Niall in previous books for how sure and unshakable he was. But becoming unhinged like that... I didn't really like him as much.

All in all, though it had some problems, the conclusion to the Wicked Lovely series was a fitting end to the series.

My favorites in terms of the series (1 means my favorite of the series, then decreasing is less favorite)

Wicked Lovely: 2
Ink Exchange: 3
Fragile Eternity: 1
Radiant Shadows: 4
Darkest Mercy: 5


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