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T to make a mistake that could cost his lifeLove despair and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts and in the final conflict some will winand some will lose everythingThe thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless. This was an absolutely perfect ending to this uniue series Although I could have done without books 2 and 4 I hated 2 a lot because I find Irial to be a truly despicable character And although I really enjoyed Devlin and Ani in book 4 they turned out to be mostly irrelevant to the larger story I would have liked to see them again This series was nearly perfect It was dark without being too dark There was no shortage of romance and swoon worthy guys I ll admit Keenan finally grew on me in this book Probably because he finally left Ash alone I had never disliked him as much as Irial though He was just too manipulative for my tastes not downright evil like Irial But Seth still has my heart in this one And the fantasy and faery magic was so prevalent We are fully immersed into faery courts and politics and war seeing as nearly all the main characters were faery regents of the various courts This is the first faery book I have read with than 2 courts There were 4 in the beginning and later 5Another thing that I really love about this series is that there are so many main characters Usually a YA book will have 2 leads a guy and a girl who usually fall in love In Wicked Lovely I would say the leads were Ash and Keenan but they didn t fall in love And that seemed revolutionary to me at the time But Seth isn t any less of an important character later in the series Nor is Donia or Niall There are so many people you will learn to care about So many couples you can put your heart behind And they all got their HEA Although I am a little weirded out by the IrialNiallLeslie love triangle threesome They only ever hinted at it until the end they made it pretty clear If it wasn t for Irial s character in general and if the series had kept its focus on the story as a whole instead of each book focusing on a different aspect of the story I would have loved this series even than The Iron Fey

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Darkest Mercy

Send the messengers for the Faery Courts This is the end 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 feyAislinn tends to the Summer Court searching for her absent king and yearnin. These books have the most beautiful names where does she get them

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G for Seth Torn between his new ueen 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 ueen is abou. On the day I received my copy of Darkest Mercy I was late I d just driven five and a half hours through one of the poorest regions in the United States after teaching most of the day on very little sleep It was hot I was frightened I had never seen the kind of poverty I d just driven through solo to get to a book signing in Jackson Mississippi I slid into a metal folding chair next to a man who looked at me funny I didn t blame him I had no idea what was going on and I probably needed a showerMany fine writers graced a low stage One in particular was the reason I d come Melissa Marr I had in fact claimed that I would crawl through glass to meet her One writer said something about trivia uestions I remembered a crossroads in lower Alabama where children played in front of a burned out building next to a liuor store It was the only business for twenty miles Too badly rattled I knew I was going to suck at the trivia uestions Melissa Marr said something about only four copies None of it made any sense I was late and glad to be alive Then Melissa Marr walked down the aisle She looked as if she was praying and if she might trip so I stood up to help her She put a book in my hands and I thought Oh She must want me to help with the trivia uestions It was Darkest Mercy One of four copies in the world I didn t realize what I had done until the man who periodically looked at me funny leaned over and gave me the low down Fools and children separate gods there is no other explanation I absolutely loved it It definitely merited the emergency hotel room all night read I can truly say that the ending of the series fulfilled the promises of the beginning Several times when I d come to grips with a character s fate she threw a wrench in it I cried a couple of times I threw the book across the room once and yelled Melissa how could you She took my least favorite character away from me by making me feel sympathy understanding and yes love Gross At the very end I smiled misty eyed at the beauty and logic of it all This is not a tale of Happily Ever After however Rather Marr leaves her meticulously crafted universe and deliciously wicked faeries room to breathe and grow if only in our own imaginations Fans of specific pairings and er arrangements will be satisfied but to my mind everyone is in for surprisesWhat surprises you ask There is no way I m spoiling but I will say this Use Your Brains Re read the books carefully Marr is nothing if not methodical and her world although one of fantasy has consistent rules that she does not break The answers to some of my most burning uestions were gracefully obvious It made re reading the series feel like finding buried sub plot treasure Like everyone else I love certain Courts and certain pairs erarrangements than others I traded away my Summer Court bracelet for a Dark Court one if that gives you a clue But the beauty of Marr s universe is that she creates a place where everyone and I do mean everyone can find bits of themselves both bright and dark broken down and reflected back in new and sometimes beautiful ways Tempestuous temper tantrums become a Summer Court asset Nightmare scenarios of drugs and sexual abuse become the Dark Court s greatest strengths the fierce loyalty and resilience of the survivor Darkest Mercy continues the series astonishing power by taking expectations shattering them then rearranging all the broken pieces into a strange new reflection and asking simply Have you considered things this way No I hadn t I hadn t known that nightmares could be beautiful that lies could be honest than truth that summer and winter really had nothing to do with temperature that I d come to love a character I didn t like at all As a storytelling vehicle Darkest Mercy is not my favorite I would have to rank it second or third among all five books This probably has something to do with a thing that happens that I wish didn t but that s all I m going to say about it now I mention it to point out that I wasn t entirely happy but so what Some others will be thrilled Ink Exchange was actually my favorite book which is not at all usual When considered against the arc of the entire series Darkest Mercy ties up loose ends but still leaves the universe room to breathe Which is exactly what a good finale doesMy favorite part of Marr s writing and what so often goes unrecognized is her sheer narrative brilliance and this is by far my favorite part of Darkest Mercy Yes I said it I have advanced degrees in English Literature to back it up too Yes I m touchy about that Marr has managed to invent Faerie Courts with their own distinct stylistic traits including characters settings mannerisms and even Internet hit suads But she has also given each Court their own uniue narrative techniue I m going to expound with the caveat that if you re here for the spoilers or Seth s piercings or Irial s British accent Iri you might get a bit bored Irial Where was I Narrative techniue right Part of what make s Marr s universe so strong is that the very language she uses to create it reflects the Court it represents Winter and the High Court are both written with formal diction complex sentence and paragraph structure etc to highlight their cold remote natures But with the Dark Court Marr plays with time warping character s perceptions of it to emphasize emotional power As readers know the Dark Court feeds on emotion Marr uses one of the most innovative narrative techniues I have recently encountered by compressing two points of view to warp time after all time loses all meaning in the grip of strong emotion The stronger the emotion the greater the warp I first encountered this in Chapter 30 of Ink Exchange It s been a long day she murmured as she swayed under his caresses She closed her eyes and asked The second day will be better right It s been a week love He pulled the covers up over her You re doing much better 272 This brief exchange caps less than a page of a powerful montage of addiction and loss in which time is an unreliable marker of reality The emotional connection is the real power here once again underscoring a key Dark Court trait Marr is just that good she s created a uniue stylistic techniue that is nothing short of dare I say it literary brilliance I invite my colleagues who disagree to examine pages 271 72 of Ink Exchange I ll be right here on Good Reads waiting Darkest Mercy serves up of the same masterful writing and that is why I love it so The reasons why we love the books we do are so often tangled and messy Part of why I love this one is because it is The End to the series that taught me that Faeries and Literature are not mutually exclusive It hurts me to say goodbye to the characters I love so much and even the ones I just kind of tolerateBut Marr makes sure that her Faeries are happy enough to suit their natures After all if she didn t leave them with enough conflict to scheme and plot and be wicked and lovely then they wouldn t really be happy would they And neither would we


10 thoughts on “Darkest Mercy

  1. says:

    So after 5 books hundreds of pages and many yearsit all comes down to an ultimatum If Keenan had just issued one in Wicked Lovely it would've saved a lot of time

  2. says:

    These books have the most beautiful names where does she get them?

  3. says:

    Undoubtedly 5 Stars When I told you I wanted to try I spoke the truth When I turned away it was for my former court and when I tried to make a

  4. says:

    So I've made it to the end of the story and I'm left with the feeling that Marr has a better story in her head that what actually app

  5. says:

    On the day I received my copy of Darkest Mercy I was late I'd just driven five and a half hours through one of the poorest r

  6. says:

    Not sure if I can review this book fully right now It was good Not great wasn't expecting much though on account of my familiarity with Marr's writing style Some great moments some annoying as hell moments and then the conflict was over and the book kind of ended and I don't have a PROBLEM with how it ended it was very well crafted in a full circle kind of way but I just couldn't really bring myself to feel an

  7. says:

    This was an absolutely perfect ending to this uniue series Although I could have done without books 2 and 4 I hated 2 a lot because I find Irial to be a truly despicable character And although I really enjoyed Devlin and Ani in book 4 they turned out to be mostly irrelevant to the larger story I would have liked to see them again This series was nearly perfect It was dark without being too dark There was no shortage of romance and swoon

  8. says:

    WOW just wow I know some authors don’t mind killing off certain characters but I have to say that Marr is fearless I have been eagerly waiting for this last installment to Marr’s Lovely series and I am so so happy with the way things ended The ride throughout this book is griping and painful but very necessary The story takes off where the last ended with War gaining strength and the other courts trying to find the

  9. says:

    The characters in this series are lovable real and at the same time a little scary which is as it should be in the world of the fey

  10. says:

    Actual Rating 45 starsAll of the Faerie courts are in peril and both Keenan and Seth are missing Devoid of the experience and advantages of the other faery monarchs Aislinn is doing her best to rule and prepare for the impending War being incited by the malevolent Bananach But without the Summer King and her newly turned faery lover at her