- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061214736
- ISBN-13: 978-0061214738
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, Book 3) Paperback – March 23, 2010
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Fragile Eternity, Melissa Marr's sequel to the New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, returns to Huntsdale, where faeries and mortals intermingle, wreaking continual havoc on each other's lives. Aislinn, who became a faerie in the first book, now has to deal with the awkward--verging on impossible--position of still being in love with her mortal boyfriend Seth, whom she can't even touch without burning. To complicate things further, as the new Summer Queen, Aislinn is eternally bonded to Keenan, the Summer King, and the attraction between them is palpable and constant. In the doomed loves that permeate these books, Marr deftly explores the essence of longing as she questions notions of fated love. Her characters are strong, with even the nastiest of the faerie troublemakers coming through as absolutely compelling and sympathetic. And their situations are rife with conflict, from the impossible mortal-faerie relationships to the ancient familial and courtly spats within the faerie realm. In the hands of a less talented writer, these complexities could easily veer into soap opera, but Marr's dark sensibility imbues the series with an eerie, sexy, mysterious ambience that gives it just the edge it needs. --Heidi Broadhead --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this sequel to Wicked Lovely (2007),Marr shifts the focus back to Aislinn, now the Summer Queen, and her mortal lover, Seth. With summer approaching, Aislinn finds herself increasingly attracted to Keenan, the Summer King. Yet Aislinn clings to her love for Seth, refusing to release her connection to the mortal world. A paragon of patience, Seth knows that Aislinn’s immortality will eventually separate them, and he pursues a dangerous remedy as tensions within Faerie increase and allegiances shift. Slim on plot and heavy with Aislinn’s inner conflict, this will nevertheless be popular with fans of the series. Grades 10-12. --Lynn Rutan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a few things though that keep me from giving the book as high a rating as I want. First, Marr's prose is usually very lovely. I love her striking visuals. But she tells way too much. Most of the time, writers learn that showing how people feel, showing their motivations is much more effective than simply telling the readers. Marr however chooses to simply tell these things through inner exposition far too much and it feels like I'm being dictated to. What's worse is that she repeats them way too much. So four or five times in two chapters I might be told that Aislinn is afraid of outliving Seth and Gran, or that Keenan loves Donia but needs Aislinn to love him for such and such reasons. It makes me feel like I'm being constantly bashed over the head with the obvious hammer. Like I'm not trusted to have the intelligence to be able to understand what's going on without constant reminders. The repetitions also extend to simple ideas. Like being told over and over again that Bananach is crazy and likes war. After a while I got so annoyed that Bananach lost her edge, even though she was supposed to scare the crap about of me.
Speaking of Bananach, I didn't feel like she really delivered on all the (telling not showing) hype. Characters said constantly that she was this scary, psychotic person, calling her War and the like, but really all she did was get into a couple of small fights and show people lots of freaky illusions. Until she does something *really* bad - like lay waste to an entire town or slaughter everyone in Aislinn's high school - something *real* and truly horrific, I'm not going to take her seriously. She's War after all. Why wasn't there more of it?
In fact, in that same vein, the book didn't really feel like it had a resolution. I suppose I can see it if I take Aislinn and Seth's conversation towards the end as the climax, but it didn't really seem like one at all. More like a tiny peak and then everything was left hanging. I understand that the book is probably meant to set the stage for the next direct sequel to the story of these particular characters, but the middle book of a series still needs to have a story arc and a kind of resolution to that arc even while the major conflict of the series is still unsolved. Catharsis is sacrificed when one reads a book that's purely 'lead up'.
Still, it's really easy to get lost in Marr's world, to feel their frustrations and care about what happens to them. I definitely have no qualms with continuing this series. I just hope it has less problems.
That said, Melissa Marr's story continues to be compelling. If it weren't for the awful ending I might have given it four stars. The character development continues to progress in new and unexpected ways as the courts struggle to establish a balance of power, and as Bananach (the harbringer of chaos) brings war ever closer. The love-quadrangle between Aislinn, Seth, Keenan and Donia is a bit trite, and some of the developments are predictable. Nial (King of the Dark Court), Bananach, and now Sorcha (Queen of the High Court) provided the real interest in this story for me. In fact, Sorcha's addition as a narrator was one of the best parts of this book, if only because you can just see all the potential for future plot developments that she brings to the table. I also can't wait to see how Marr resolves (or doesn't?) the tremendous tension that continues to build between the courts in this novel. For faerie enthusiasts, the addition of quite a bit of mythologically-grounded detail adds a nice touch.
All in all this is not Marr's finest, but if you can get past the cliff-hangers and the complicated love-triangle there is some real meat in here. And on the plus side, all the set-up that happens in this book is bound to result in fireworks in books 4 and 5, so don't write this series off yet. I think Marr's still got some trump cards up her sleeve...
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