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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked Lovely (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061659256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Complex and involving.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Marr has created a world both harsh and lush, at once urban and natural.” (School Library Journal)

“Sexy, charming, sometimes harrowing fantasy.” (Locus)

“Impossible to put down.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“A fully imagined faery world which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.


More About the Author

Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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Darkest Mercy is the final book in the Wicked Lovely series.
Teri Hack
I think I am going to have a hard time putting everything I feel about this book into words because it was just that good.
A Bookworm's Haven
Even though I'm sad about this being the last book in the series, I'm also very happy about the way the series ended.
cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have really conflicting thoughts about this book! Parts of Darkest Mercy I really liked, and parts of it truly pissed me off!

I'm a big fan of Melissa Marr, and I have loved this series, but this book was by far my least favorite :(

I think one of the biggest problems I had with Darkest Mercy was that it had way too many POV's! This book switched around from Naill's perspective, to Donia's, to Seth's, to Ash, Keenan, we even heard from Gabriel, Chela, and Far Dorcha. At times the POV changed so rapidly I felt like I was reading a soap opera. Right as something juicy was about to happen she would switch POV! It was highly frustrating. I felt as if she was trying really hard to pack everything in, and rather than getting the escapist tragic romance I look for in Melissa Marr's books I felt as if I was reading the rushed conclusion to a faery war epic!

Granted, many cool things happened in this book, so it wasn't a total loss. One of the things I really liked, without giving too much away, was that I felt as if I got some closure with the Leslie, Niall, Irial relationship (which has always been a favorite of mine). And I appreciate that she really did wrap the book up with an ending that left few, if any unanswered questions. However...

WARNING *SPOILERS* ABOUT THE ENDING******

I felt the ending was way too happy! I'm sorry. I like a happy ending as much as the next gal, but when everything works out for everyone (especially after there has been a major battle- and when the inside of the book says that some people lose everything) it just seems a little forced and unbelievable. I like a little bittersweetness.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was quite eager to get my hands on DARKEST MERCY--the final installment in Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series featuring the many wily courts of faerie. I've been looking forward to some desperately needed closure on this series for awhile now. I still remember running across Wicked Lovely what seems like so long ago and loving it. I fell even more in love with the darker Ink Exchange, which cemented my fascination with and unhealthy/substantial interest in His Uber Dark Lordliness Irial. And the fabulous short story "Stopping Time" sort of pushed me over the edge as far as my admiration for Marr's storytelling skills and my love for some of these characters went. The other two installments in the series fell a bit flat for me for various reasons. And so I held my breath as I opened up the last one, hoping it would resolve things in both a satisfactory and suitably complex way. High expectations much? Who me?

Nobody is where they should be. Keenan is missing by his own choice. Aislinn is grasping at straws trying to keep the Summer Court afloat in his absence. Seth is floating between this world and that, courting disaster with his various alliances. Niall is losing is grip on the Dark Court with every ragged breath Irial draws. And Bananach is ranging free, inciting death and destruction wherever she goes. Too much discord, too much uncertainty haunts the courts of the fae as their regents struggle to retain power and protect their people.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Hillman on February 24, 2011
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I was debating on giving this book two stars, but conceded that it was worth three - mostly because I wasn't left hanging at the end of the series. On the flip side, aren't the (minor) unanswered questions what makes a series really remarkable and worthy of discussion years later?

After finishing the book, a few things stuck out for me.

1. After reading and enjoying Radiant Shadows as much as I did, I expected this book to be fabulous. I expected the action to carry over. I expected a huge climax. I expected a revolutionary plot twist. I was disappointed.

2. Why include details if they do not contribute much to the story? At the start of the book, Keenan had been away from the Summer Court for six months, looking for allies. A whole chapter is devoted to this, so I expected it to be important. I was excited to read about a different king of faery. Sadly, it is mentioned again only briefly at the very end of the book.

3. Happy endings are good; I love them. But...really? A bit unbelievable. I caught myself rolling my eyes.

4. Maybe there were just too many characters that were developed in the last four books - some of them were sadly missed or just briefly mentioned. Or, as in the case with Seth (in my opinion), they seemed to just be plugged in as an after thought without any development whatsoever.

I remind myself that this book is written for young adults, and to be fair, the plot probably does play well to their thinking and my criticisms may be too harsh. It was written nicely, and gave closure to the story so I would recommend this for those readers who have been following the series, but not necessarily for readers who want a stand-alone story.
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