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Send The Messengers For The Faery Courts This Is The End The Summer King Is Missing The Dark Court Is Bleeding And A Stranger Walks The Streets Of Huntsdale, His Presence Signifying The Deaths Of Powerful FeyAislinn Tends To The Summer Court, Searching For Her Absent King And Yearning For Seth Torn Between His New Queen And His Old Love, Keenan Works From Afar To Strengthen His Court Against The Coming War Donia Longs For Fiery Passion Even As She Coolly Readies The Winter Court For Battle And Seth, Sworn Brother Of The Dark King And Heir To The High Queen, Is About To Make A Mistake That Could Cost His LifeLove, Despair, And Betrayal Ignite The Faery Courts, And In The Final Conflict, Some Will Winand Some Will Lose EverythingThe Thrilling Conclusion To Melissa Marr S New York Times Bestselling Wicked Lovely Series Will Leave Readers Breathless


10 thoughts on “Darkest Mercy

  1. says:

    So after 5 books, hundreds of pages, and many yearsit all comes down to an ultimatum If Keenan had just issued one in Wicked Lovely, it would ve saved a lot of time.


  2. says:

    These books have the most beautiful names, where does she get them


  3. says:

    Undoubtedly 5 Stars When I told you I wanted to try, I spoke the truth When I turned away, it was for my former court, and when I tried to make another faery love me, it was for that court I ve lived my whole life trying to bring the Summer Court back to the strength it once was In all those years, in centuries, I ve only wished myself free of duty because of one reason You Darkest Mercy was the perfect series finale for Wicked Lovely I am gushing right now because I loved this book TO.PIECES I could not have asked for anything in terms of an ending for my favorite faery series I m actually very sad too that this journey is over, and I can only hope that Marr has some spinoffs in the making, not because everything wasn t tied up properly, but because I want simply just not ready to let these characters go yet It s no secret that my favorite character in this entire series is Keenan SQUEEEE and in this installment it just proves how much he s willing to sacrifice for his court and the ones he loves He HANDS DOWN gave up the most and fought the hardest to make sure the Summer, Winter and Dark court survived Bananach s reign of terror His final sacrifice made my heart drop I did not even phantom that was even possible Melissa Marr is an EVIL GENIUS She makes her characters fight, struggle, and sacrifice but not without their just rewards Gawd she s brilliant The final battle was EPIC I loved how throughout this final book Marr was adamant about one thing she is willing to spare characters to ensure the storyline progresses properly None of this mental battle bullsh t other authors use as a cop out Melissa Marr is fearless and she makes her characters earn their ending whether it be a happy one or simply what they deserve BRILLIANT I will stand behind my previous opinion on how Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows came off as filler books To be honest, this final installment does not need those two books to deliver this flawless ending What I do recommend is reading the novellas Stopping Time and Old Habits, so you can understand the relationship between Irial, Niall and Leslie Other than that, there is nothing I could have asked for that Marr didn t deliver in this final book for the Wicked Lovely series.I highly recommend fans of the first few books give this installment a try So worth it It s one I ll be re reading over and over again Loved it


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    So I ve made it to the end of the story and I m left with the feeling that Marr has a better story in her head that what actually appears on the page While she might know what she means, she hasn t expressed it particularly well Here s what I think If you re going to continue to refer to a character s backstory, then at some point you have to tell me that backstory or the current story has no foundation Also, if you re going to ramp off on these tangents Devlin Ani Rae they need to actually be a part of the final story After a whole book about D A R, they do not appear at all in this book, other than Devlin informed Seth about the closed gateway That s it I m still waiting to find out what exactly Rae is I m waiting to find out how the Shadow Court affects the Faerie world How does Sorcha feel about a new court just popping up in the world she controls Nope Nothing That isn t good when the story is completed And no, I wouldn t be interested in reading a story about who Rae is, what a dreamwalker is and what she was before that No thank you.In world building, the world needs to be explained, clearly and sensibly so that as a reader I can lose myself there I was never able in five books to ever get truly caught up in Marr s world She tosses the reader into it with no supports There are all these characters which she seems to assume everyone knows I ve said this before but I feel I needed to read these books with the encyclopedia of fey creatures next to me, but that wouldn t be too helpful because it would actually have to be the fey world according to Marr After five books, I shouldn t still feel confused.Having said that, the story here did move me at times and Marr did at the very least give the big battle that has been building throughout the series There are some surprising twists and turns along the way While I am happy with where everyone ended up, I was disappointed that Ash seemed to have been relegated to almost a secondary character while Donia and Keenan took center stage along with Seth and Neill I felt somewhat short changed on Ash s story She has spent too much of the story either moping because one or both of her boys was gone or resisting, kind of maybe or maybe not, Keenan When this is resolved, she makes the adjustments far too easily That s all I can say without spoilers.All in all, I don t think I d sign on for another Marr series A single book, maybe Series, probably not.


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    On the day I received my copy of Darkest Mercy, I was late I d just driven five and a half hours through one of the poorest regions in the United States after teaching most of the day on very little sleep It was hot I was frightened I had never seen the kind of poverty I d just driven through, solo, to get to a book signing in Jackson, Mississippi I slid into a metal folding chair next to a man who looked at me funny I didn t blame him I had no idea what was going on and I probably needed a shower.Many fine writers graced a low stage One, in particular, was the reason I d come Melissa Marr I had, in fact, claimed that I would crawl through glass to meet her One writer said something about trivia questions I remembered a crossroads in lower Alabama where children played in front of a burned out building next to a liquor store It was the only business for twenty miles Too badly rattled, I knew I was going to suck at the trivia questions Melissa Marr said something about only four copies None of it made any sense I was late and glad to be alive Then Melissa Marr walked down the aisle She looked as if she was praying and if she might trip, so I stood up to help her She put a book in my hands and I thought, Oh She must want me to help with the trivia questions It was Darkest Mercy One of four copies in the world I didn t realize what I had done until the man who periodically looked at me funny leaned over and gave me the low down Fools and children separate gods there is no other explanation I absolutely loved it It definitely merited the emergency hotel room all night read I can truly say that the ending of the series fulfilled the promises of the beginning Several times, when I d come to grips with a character s fate, she threw a wrench in it I cried a couple of times I threw the book across the room once and yelled, Melissa, how could you She took my least favorite character away from me by making me feel sympathy, understanding, and yes, love Gross At the very end I smiled, misty eyed at the beauty and logic of it all This is not a tale of Happily Ever After, however Rather, Marr leaves her meticulously crafted universe and deliciously wicked faeries room to breathe and grow, if only in our own imaginations Fans of specific pairings and. er arrangements will be satisfied, but to my mind everyone is in for surprises.What surprises, you ask There is no way I m spoiling, but I will say this Use Your Brains Re read the books carefully Marr is nothing if not methodical and her world, although one of fantasy, has consistent rules that she does not break The answers to some of my most burning questions were gracefully obvious It made re reading the series feel like finding buried sub plot treasure Like everyone else, I love certain Courts and certain pairs. erarrangements than others I traded away my Summer Court bracelet for a Dark Court one, if that gives you a clue But the beauty of Marr s universe is that she creates a place where everyone, and I do mean everyone , can find bits of themselves, both bright and dark, broken down and reflected back in new and sometimes beautiful ways Tempestuous temper tantrums become a Summer Court asset Nightmare scenarios of drugs and sexual abuse become the Dark Court s greatest strengths the fierce loyalty and resilience of the survivor Darkest Mercy continues the series astonishing power by taking expectations, shattering them, then rearranging all the broken pieces into a strange new reflection, and asking, simply, Have you considered things this way No, I hadn t I hadn t known that nightmares could be beautiful, that lies could be honest than truth, that summer and winter really had nothing to do with temperature, that I d come to love a character I didn t like at all As a storytelling vehicle, Darkest Mercy is not my favorite I would have to rank it second or third among all five books This probably has something to do with a thing that happens that I wish didn t but that s all I m going to say about it now I mention it to point out that I wasn t entirely happy, but so what Some others will be thrilled Ink Exchange was actually my favorite book, which is not at all usual When considered against the arc of the entire series, Darkest Mercy ties up loose ends but still leaves the universe room to breathe Which is exactly what a good finale does.My favorite part of Marr s writing, and what so often goes unrecognized, is her sheer narrative brilliance, and this is by far my favorite part of Darkest Mercy Yes, I said it I have advanced degrees in English Literature to back it up, too Yes, I m touchy about that Marr has managed to invent Faerie Courts with their own distinct stylistic traits, including characters, settings, mannerisms, and even Internet hit squads But she has also given each Court their own unique narrative technique I m going to expound, with the caveat that if you re here for the spoilers or Seth s piercings or Irial s British accent Iri you might get a bit bored Irial Where was I Narrative technique, right Part of what make s Marr s universe so strong is that the very language she uses to create it reflects the Court it represents Winter and the High Court are both written with formal diction, complex sentence and paragraph structure, etc., to highlight their cold, remote natures But with the Dark Court, Marr plays with time, warping character s perceptions of it to emphasize emotional power As readers know, the Dark Court feeds on emotion Marr uses one of the most innovative narrative techniques I have recently encountered by compressing two points of view to warp time after all, time loses all meaning in the grip of strong emotion The stronger the emotion, the greater the warp I first encountered this in Chapter 30 of Ink Exchange It s been a long day, she murmured as she swayed under his caresses She closed her eyes and asked, The second day will be better, right It s been a week, love He pulled the covers up over her You re doing much better 272 This brief exchange caps less than a page of a powerful montage of addiction and loss in which time is an unreliable marker of reality The emotional connection is the real power here, once again underscoring a key Dark Court trait Marr is just that good she s created a unique stylistic technique that is nothing short of dare I say it literary brilliance I invite my colleagues who disagree to examine pages 271 72 of Ink Exchange I ll be right here on Good Reads, waiting Darkest Mercy serves up of the same masterful writing, and that is why I love it so The reasons why we love the books we do are so often tangled and messy Part of why I love this one is because it is The End to the series that taught me that Faeries and Literature are not mutually exclusive It hurts me to say goodbye to the characters I love so much, and even the ones I just kind of tolerate.But Marr makes sure that her Faeries are happy enough to suit their natures After all, if she didn t leave them with enough conflict to scheme and plot and be wicked and lovely then they wouldn t really be happy, would they And neither would we.


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    Not sure if I can review this book fully right now It was good Not great, wasn t expecting much though on account of my familiarity with Marr s writing style Some great moments, some annoying as hell moments, and then the conflict was over and the book kind of ended, and I don t have a PROBLEM with how it ended it was very well crafted in a full circle kind of way , but I just couldn t really bring myself to feel anything for anyone Okay, spoilers view spoiler So, Keenan gives up being the Summer King, which enraged me at first, but he was good with Donia, and him becoming mortal, only to take the Winter Fey o Maker Staff and become all winter fey again makes sense, and it was nice to see him and Donia get their happily ever after, and Aislinn who kicked Bananach s ass quite nicely and Seth get their happily ever after though this couple never did ANYTHING for me , and Irial, Leslie and Niall embark on what I m sure will be many a 3 way, but in the end I didn t really care Half the book was basically the characters filling each other in on shit we already know, and then going somewhere else to discuss shit, and then figuring out what to do about War and then being worried and discussing shit some And Crazy Niall got melodramatic after a while and I was wondering when someone was going to lock his crazy ass in the attic once and for all and just get on with the TASK AT HAND Oh and don t forget Death and his sister, Death, walking around being ominous and then leaving and coming back and being ominous some .I think it s probably when Keenan gave up his Summer that the book finally started to take off though I was really, REALLY, hoping for a Keenan Aislinn seduction scene this whole, we ll always be true to the ones we love thing was really boring I mean really NO ONE slipped up Come on, man, drama s all about slipping up and making mistakes and coming back from it, not angsting about the same conflict you already angsted about at length throughout the past two books, shit.The climax fight scene was pretty cool, except maybe I ve been pampered by good shounen anime, but fights need to be than fighting and the people falling and someone angsting over them A good fight scene moves the plot forward, reveals character, revealsidk, just watch any good Rurouni Kenshin fight and you ll see what I mean The ups and down of any good tension filled plot need to be there in the climax fight and there wasn t much Just tons of fighting, Donia gets stabbed, Keenan freaks and Aislinn kills Bananach, all the Death twins walking around cleaning up the mess though I do admit when Keenan gave up his mortality for Donia without a thought it was sweet though expected.I don t know, maybe a part of me was expecting something epic, but the rest of me knew that epic wasn t really Marr s style nor does it have to be She s good with the court intrigue politics, but the problem with that is, it took up SO much of the book that it just felt like the plot was moseying along, with a few cool sweet moments, and then it kind of moseyed along to a sweet if a little Disney end hide spoiler


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    This was an absolutely perfect ending to this unique series Although I could have done without books 2 and 4 I hated 2 a lot because I find Irial to be a truly despicable character And although I really enjoyed Devlin and Ani in book 4, they turned out to be mostly irrelevant to the larger story I would have liked to see them again This series was nearly perfect It was dark without being too dark There was no shortage of romance and swoon worthy guys I ll admit Keenan finally grew on me in this book Probably because he finally left Ash alone I had never disliked him as much as Irial though He was just too manipulative for my tastes, not downright evil like Irial But Seth still has my heart in this one And the fantasy and faery magic was so prevalent We are fully immersed into faery courts and politics and war, seeing as nearly all the main characters were faery regents of the various courts This is the first faery book I have read with than 2 courts There were 4 in the beginning, and later 5.Another thing that I really love about this series is that there are so many main characters Usually a YA book will have 2 leads, a guy and a girl, who usually fall in love In Wicked Lovely, I would say the leads were Ash and Keenan, but they didn t fall in love And that seemed revolutionary to me at the time But Seth isn t any less of an important character later in the series Nor is Donia, or Niall There are so many people you will learn to care about So many couples you can put your heart behind And they all got their HEA Although I am a little weirded out by the Irial Niall Leslie love triangle threesome They only ever hinted at it, until the end they made it pretty clear If it wasn t for Irial s character in general, and if the series had kept its focus on the story as a whole instead of each book focusing on a different aspect of the story, I would have loved this series even than The Iron Fey


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    WOW just wow I know some authors don t mind killing off certain characters but I have to say that Marr is fearless I have been eagerly waiting for this last installment to Marr s Lovely series and I am so so happy with the way things ended The ride throughout this book is griping and painful but very necessary The story takes off where the last ended, with War gaining strength and the other courts trying to find the strength to fight her All hell breaks loose among the courts with all the deaths and unexpected twists I don t want to give anything away as every twist that Marr throws is so exciting that it would spoil it if I gave anything away My only problem was that I still don t exactly know where the Shadow Court comes into play Her last book centered around this new court and I thought it was going to play a huge role in this final book, but Devlin never even showed up well I am sorry he poked his head in at the beginning but that really isn t even note worthy Ahh my Keenan, I am so very happy for him I still feel that there is a missing chapter from his life He made a deal that I thought was going to come back and bite him in his booty, but unless I missed it he got off without having to pay up Don t get me wrong I am very happy about that but it leaves an unanswered question that will bug me He made perfect choices imo, and I am very glad that he got his HEA If you want to know with whom you will have to read it to find out


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    The characters in this series are lovable, real, and, at the same time, a little scary which is as it should be in the world of the fey I loved the conclusion to the series Everything ended in a very satisfactory way Bananach was certainly frightening Wanted to rip her wings off myself, but it s likely I would have run in the other direction I could feel the sunlight and the winter and the creepy dark things on my skin as I read.


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    Actual Rating 4.5 stars.All of the Faerie courts are in peril and both Keenan and Seth are missing Devoid of the experience and advantages of the other faery monarchs, Aislinn is doing her best to rule and prepare for the impending War being incited by the malevolent Bananach But without the Summer King and her newly turned faery lover at her side, how will she protect her already weakened court from destruction Apparently I d forgotten exactly how much I enjoy Melissa Marr s writing She has this way of writing that makes it almost impossible to put her novels down It seems like one minute you re on page 10 and the next you re already halfway through I will admit that this isn t my favorite faery series, but it has had its good moments I loved the first installment, the second confused the hell out of me, the third was disappointing, and, I realize that Radiant Shadows was a filler, but it was actually my favorite since the first novel, Wicked Lovely I m not sure why, but I really liked Devlin and Ani s story I thought it was a nice addition to an otherwise okay series So, for me, Radiant Shadows was an improvement But Darkest Mercy just blows all of that out of the water There s one thing I look for most in a series, and that is that I ll be able to re read it in future and not have to take a loss because I bought the whole series and ended up disliking it as a whole cough Vampire Academy cough Fortunately, the Wicked Lovely series is one that I ll be able to enjoy again In most areas, Darkest Mercy didn t disappoint me There are some things that I wish the author would ve done differently, like make the novel longer so that some of her characters endings wouldn t have been so rushed, but all in all I m still happy with the outcome Throughout this series my feelings toward Aislinn s character have alternated between liking her and hating her the latter especially in Fragile Eternity I think that s my least favorite of this series I strongly dislike heroines that are indecisive in their relationships In past installments it seemed as if she were forever leading Seth and Keenan along And yes, I know there s all of the ridiculous court rules and duties that Aislinn had to consider, but that didn t mean I had to like it.At the beginning of the series, Aislinn starts out as an average mortal girl with the gift of Sight the ability to see faeries whereas others cannot Initally, Aislinn fears and avoids faeries, but she ends up becoming one and ruling over an entire court of them So her character changes and evolves quite a bit over the course of the series And she definitely steps up to the plate in this as the Summer Queen and kicks some ass come battle time Gotta love a feisty heroine So, in the end, I m quite happy with her character.Donia has been my favorite character since book 1 She has a heart of gold that s been crushed by the King she loves, but through everything she still holds strong and takes on the role of the Winter Queen along with all of its duties.Like with Aislinn, I ve always kind of been on the fence with my feelings toward Keenan Somehow I never really took a liking to him as I did almost instantaneously with Seth this could very well have something to do with Seth s piercings But I m very happy to say that I LOVED Keenan in this He completely blew me away and I couldn t have been happier with his character in this.Seth sigh I can t say that I like what Marr did with his character in this Reasons being that he s not in this enough for my liking, and I think his character kind of got the shaft I still love him, but I think the way his story is wrapped up should ve been handled differently.I ll handle Niall and Irial s characters together since they belong together this is getting kind of long.Well, if you ve read Radiant Shadows then you know that Irial s character is stabbed by Bananach towards the end And so, in this, Niall s basically a complete mess.Let s just say that Marr surprised me big time and that I m VERY HAPPY with that outcome.FAVORITE QUOTES If it s between love and duty She still wanted love. And he was gone before she could think clearly enough to explain that her yes was a Yes, I ll marry you view spoiler Let me love you, please Tell me you re saying there s still a chance, Don hide spoiler