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Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely) Hardcover – April 21, 2009
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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
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
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I felt this third installment in the Wicked Lovely series was interesting and engaging though it does tend to get mired in tedious prose and drags in certain parts. In this story, Aislinn the Summer Queen is coming to terms with her responsibilities to her fae court and is trying to maintain an awkward balance between the demands of her job and her relationship with the mortal Seth who is her lover. Things are quite tenuous especially given Donia's (the Winter Queen's) feelings for Keenan, the Summer King and also the animosity between Niall, King of the Dark Court and Keenan. When Seth decides to take matters into his own hands and is taken to meet Sorcha, Queen of the High Court, events spiral out of control and have major repercussions on all of Faerie.
I felt that the Aislinn-Keenan storyline meandered and got really tedious and boring in this installment. Keenan appears to be too sweet towards Aislinn and duplicitous at the same time - it's hard to like this characters (for me at least). Though I felt Seth's characterization was too one-dimensional in the first book, he seems to have evolved into a complex character here whose actions are not predictable and his decisions undertaken here have significant ramifications for Aislinn, Keenan, Niall, Donia, and himself.
The other character that interested me was Bananach, the Dark fairy of war and bloodshed who agitates for violence. The sneak peeks into the madness of this character is riveting yet ultimately not fulfilling because her character is never truly explored in depth. Sorcha, Bananach's sister and High Queen of Faerie is the total opposite and I loved how her character is shown to be multi-faceted.
In all, Fragile Eternity is still interesting and I will continue to follow the series, but I felt the story could have been more tautly woven and focused on central characters.
Marr has written a series so lovely and intricate. There are characters from the other two books and the point-of-view changes within the book. Everything is connected and intertwined and all of it is leading to something. The world is built in so many different sages and there are so many different characters.
Since the characters are Fae, you love them one minute and can't stand them the next. Ash is has changed, of course, however Seth is changing too. Niall and Donia has also change, taking on more of the role of their court leaders, as King of the Dark and the Winter Queen. Everything is in turmoil and thing are not settled, if anything they seem to be getting worse.
Fragile Eternity had me on pins and needles. I was so twisted reading this book, trying to figure out what was going to happen and when the s*** was going to hit the fan. This book, like the others, is really good. With the events that happen and all the emotions and the waiting will have itching to read the next book to find out what happens next.
The story of Ash, Seth, Keenan and Donia asks the questions that shape the fairy courts and impact the mortal realm. Can destiny ever be avoided? What do you do when you're in love with the wrong person? And what would you do if the one you loved hurt you badly, while giving up everything he is, just for a chance to be with you?
I highly recommend this entire series.
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