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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked Lovely (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061659225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This title, the penultimate installment of the series, focuses on Ani, daughter of Gabriel, the leader of the Dark Court's Wild Hunt; and Devlin, brother of Sorcha, the Queen of the High Court, as the faerie world tips closer to the brink of war. Bananach wants to kill Ani, and Devlin has been secretly protecting her since she was a child. When Ani's and Devlin's paths finally cross, they feel an instant attraction, which pits Bananach and Devlin against each other. Meanwhile Sorcha pines for Seth while he spends six months of the year in the mortal world as a faerie trying to rekindle his relationship with Aislinn. Since each book in the series focuses on a different main character, the cast has gotten somewhat large and confusing. Once readers have gotten reacclimatized to Marr's faerie world, though, they will find that the story moves at a rapid pace. Ani and Devlin are fully fleshed-out characters, and their attraction to one another is believable. While the author's world-building is fairly solid, the fact that time runs six times faster in faerie than it does in the mortal world (as established in Fragile Eternity) is never addressed in this book. However, this is a worthy addition to a fine series. Readers who have enjoyed the early books will find this a satisfying read, and will be eager for the series conclusion.Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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The fourth in Marr’s Wicked Lovely series focuses loosely on Devlin, the High Queen of Faerie’s advisor-assassin, and Ani, the half-mortal daughter of Gabriel, leader of the Wild Hunt. Characters from other books play roles of varying importance as Devlin and Ani meet, fall in lust/love, and foil another attempt to create unrest in both worlds. This is a convoluted story, and despite frequent interruptions detailing character backstories and the inner workings of Faerie courts, it is utterly dependent on the rest of the series. Though the story ends with balance restored to Faerie, an ominous sense of precariousness leaves room for more. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley

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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.

Customer Reviews

The plot was fast moving and very interesting.
Sarah Woodard
That's what it seemed like by the end of the book, so I'm not really sure that I should bother expecting any conflict over this in the next book, Darkest Mercy.
Roxana W.
I loved both of the main characters in the novel, Ani and Devlin.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2010
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First, let me get this announcement out of the way: Radiant Shadows is not about Aislinn and Seth, or even Aislinn at all. Of course that's disappointing to those of us who want to know what happens next to our couple now that Seth is faery, but that story must wait until another story is told. Then I suspect we will know how it all comes together, but if you go into Radiant Shadows expecting not Aislinn and Seth, but instead a story that stands on its own merits, you will come away from the reading with a much more satisfied frame of mind.

That said, Radiant Shadows focuses instead on the halfling Ani and her importance to the land of Faerie and Devlin, the brother of Sorcha, Queen of Faerie. Devlin has always done his sister's bidding (and tried to get along with her evil twin Bananach as well) except in one slightly major thing: he did not kill Ani when she was a child as Sorcha instructed him to do. Oh, and one more thing: he allowed a mortal, Rae, to inhabit Faerie without his sister's knowledge or permission. Devlin's lapses have stayed hidden relatively well until Ani starts to come into her own powers, and Rae, who is now a dreamwalker, unwittingly supplies Sorcha with the power to watch her newly reborn son Seth in his mortal life. To say things deterioriate at this point is an understatement: Ani suddenly finds herself hunted, Devlin must determine where his loyalties actually lie, and the courts are all in disarray. The one mention we get of Keenan is that he's missing, which cannot bode well for Aislinn or Seth, or even Irial and Niall.

Radiant Shadows began as pure confusion for me; it had been a year since I'd read Fragile Eternity and the intricacies of the courts and the Hounds was lost on me totally.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Heather VINE VOICE on March 3, 2010
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Hmmm. I'm not entirely sure how to go about reviewing this latest installment to the Wicked Lovely series. I suppose I'll begin by saying that Marr has done a fantastic job setting up the final installment to the series. Anything could happen and there is certainly going to be a lot of action and declarations of love to be had. With that said, I didn't enjoy Radiant Shadows as much as the others in the series, much to my dismay.

The premise was spot on. Ani, a halfling, has tendencies of both Hound and Dark Court fey, making her more unique than most know or could guess. However, there are a few who can "see" that Ani's uniqueness could change the shape of faerie forever, and as a result want Ani dead.

Devlin, is the son/brother of twins Sorcha and Bannache, possessing both light and dark qualities, and has sworn fealty to the High Queen since the time of his making. As such, his purpose is to act as the bloody hands of the High Court. Devlin has never violated an order, save for one and the repercussions surpass anything that Devlin could have foreseen.

Devlin is captivated by Ani, whom he allowed to live, despite his sister Sorcha's order. She has remained hidden for fourteen years, but has now caught the attention of his other sister, Bannache. Bannache is intent on using Ani as a weapon in her war. If such a thing were to come to pass, Ani would be discovered and killed by Sorcha. If Ani disregards the order, Bannache will have her head. The logical answer would be to flee, but is there another path?

While the plot of the story was intricate and intriguing, I could muster up any love or like for either Ani or Devlin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Hillman on April 26, 2010
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Overall, I was impressed with the newest edition to the Wickedly Lovely series by Melissa Marr. The story is engrossing. The characters are intriguing. Radiant Shadows has more action than the other books in the series (faeries are brutal fighters), and it has drama and love as well. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

To be honest, I was hesitant to purchase this book. I really enjoy reading about Aislinn, Seth and Keenan. This book is about Ani, the daughter of Gabriel, and Devlin, the Bloodied Hands and brother to the High Queen. Who cares about them? They were just background characters, seen in brief moments in the story.

After getting through the first few chapters (introducing me to Devlin and Ani, characters I came into the story not overly caring about), my opinion changed. The Devlin and Ani character development made them just interesting as Aislinn and Keenan and Seth. In fact, by the end of the book, I grew to like Devlin and Ani very, very much.

I am very impressed by the way the author is weaving her story. With each book in the series, you learn more about the dynamics of Faerie, the courts, and the characters. A conflict is brewing, and each book brings us closer and closer to the climax. I am very excited to see what the last book has in store. I have some ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
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Devlin is caught between two natures. His sister-creators made him and because of their duality he is cursed to be ever conflicted. He is chaos and reason, the balance between the unbalanced. He serves his sister Sorcha, Queen of the High Court, without question save one choice he has made of his own free will. A decision that nows haunts him. Ani, the halfling he did not kill, has now grown to be a young woman. She is both part Hunt and not of the Hunt. Ani must feed on both touch and emotion but what she really longs for is to belong.

Now War and Order threaten the world of the Fae and only Devlin and Ani can put things to right. But will doing so unravel their world or can they save the whole of Faery and themselves in the process?

I know it's not a terrific synopsis I've provided there and for that I really am sorry. I wanted to like Radiant Shadows. I really, really did. Wicked Lovely was just such a terrific story and it was written so well! So naturally as part of that series it has to be compared to this one. For me it just did not deliver. I liked the basic plot idea and the characters conceptually speaking. I loved the Hunt and got very excited to see what would happen with Ani's role in and outside it. Devlin's part of the story didn't work for me so much. Aside from some kind of weird lust-at-first-sight type attraction I felt no chemistry between the two as romantic partners. If that had been left out of the story I think I would have actually liked it a little more.

What really killed this book for me was how slowly paced it moved along. So much talking and indecision and reflecting on boring stuff. I didn't care about any of the politicing with Niall and Irial. I began skimming these scenes out of sheer desperation for something interesting to happen.
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