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Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely) Paperback – February 22, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The main characters from the previous books were absent with the exception of walk ins by Seth. I was disgusted by the thruple at the end! The end felt forced and unsatisfying. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Valerie A. Hahne
Once again, another winner from Marr...
This one focuses on Ani, the daughter of Gabriel of the Dark Court, and Bananach, the embodiment of War.
Loved it. Read more
Okay...your books are amazing BUT you ruin your story line with minor boring characters. Keep you major players visible. Why you do this, I don't know. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Honest shop
I love the fact that everything was written so well that it put a spell over me. I love how the even numbered books take a closer look at other characters who where just minor... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Came in on time, no damage whatsoever!
This book is lovely and if anyone is reading this series I highly recommend you keep reading all the books in order till you... Read more