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Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the conclusion to the series!!
I finished this book very happy with the way things ended and was not disappointment with all the action and twists that kept me... Read more
Great book. Wonderful series. Could not wait to read the next book.Published 2 months ago by karen kent
Darkest Mercy is the fifth book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.
In this book we pretty much pickup right where Radiant Shadows left off. Read more
Cover scratched up and food crumbs on cover and on pages. Tag torn off back. Thought listing was for a new book. Book is used but still in good condition for the price.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer