Radiant Shadows by: Melissa Marr

Book: Radiant Shadows
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Tegen Other
Date Published: April 22, 2010

Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Why did I read this Book:

This is a series.  I liked the ones before this, and was quite ensconced and addicted in the world.  Which meant I obviously had to read this one NOW!!!


Okay so this one deals with Sorcha even more and Banarch and what it means that they are sisters and opposites and supposed to be each others balance.  I found this book got more into the mechanics of the Fae and their systems.  I liked how the actions from Fragile Eternity radiated into this book to create this plot, they are now dealing with the consequences of Sorchas decision regarding Seth and how it effects Fae.

I didn’t mind the fate aspect of this plot.  It makes sense to me that in Fae there is the ability to sense the flow of time and events and the desire to alter it and bring some to fruition and snuff out others.  I also liked how if it was directly related to the individual, they were not able to see the flow of that pattern.  I also liked that those who knew about the future were not able to let it be known.  But damned it must have been frustrating knowing and not saying a word.

This is also the story of Devlin and Ani.  Now the romance aspect of this was a little dry for me.  A little too, we have to be together because that is just how the world works, or else we don’t have a story.  That is what bothered me a bit about this story line.  I get why Ani would be attracted to Devlin.  She has hungers and needs and he seems powerful enough to satiate them.  However, after that, I didn’t feel a true connection with them.  It was another one of those lets race around in a short period of time things that really piss me off.  Because all they did after the running away, was to turn right around and come back.

Final Thoughts:

However, how it plays out in the end makes perfect sense.  I could see a lot of fun playing with this and great world building, and I will be interested to see the shape that fae takes after this.  Also what now will balance the dark court?  A good read and another solid installment, but just a little less than I expected, but not by much.

Rating: 7/10 (nudging an 8)


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