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 fey.
Aislinn 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 life.
Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.
Why I Read this Book:
This is the finally to Melissa Marr’s stunning debut series, Wicked Lovely, that I absolutely fell in love with. I needed to read this as soon as humanely possible. (which was as soon as is was released, I’m just a wee behind in my book review posting!!)
I loved loved loved the earlier books in this series. I love that Melissa Marr went places that was previously taboo in YA when I was a teen. It was fresh, it was new, and it was edgy. Her endings where not a-typical happily ever after. They had a solution, but it wasn’t always neat. I really loved that.
With Darkest Mercy, I loved getting to hang out with my favorite characters again. There were a lot of un-answered questions that needed to be dealt with and this book does give you the answers. Who is Ash going to choose? What has Keenan been up to? And these questions do get answers. Which is cool.
All there are some very steamy scenes. Not that part, but the before part of almost that part = HOT!!!
However, this book was a lot of information packed into a small space. Normally we would focus on one court and its machinations for an entire book. This book was all the courts and in order to deal with everyone and everything that needed to be touched on I found there where a lot of So Bob and talking head scenes. It was a little frustrating with the summing up and info dumping.
I liked the other books because they focused, and they could weave in all sorts on information and it was smooth. Consequently because there was so much that needed to be done in order to finish up the series, the information wasn’t handled as smoothly. It was clunky and just there.
And it wrapped up in a neat package. Very neat especially considering the previous endings of the books. What I loved so much about the first book was that it found it’s ending but it wasn’t happily ever after and their was still room for things to change and conflict. There is no room for this at the end of Darkest Mercy. Things are tied up. Neatly. This really shouldn’t be a complaint, normally in most series. But this isn’t most series. Considering the end of the previous books, this didn’t live up to what I was hoping to receive.
I did like that they went their and had a large war and that their where casualties. I would have liked it more if someone important would have died and staid dead. I also wish that there could have been a more clever way of defeating War. Like a look at War’s motivations, and what power would balance that of what they sought and how to implement it. More of a brain tease for an ending, that a brawl. (Not a Twilight ending we all come to a draw. That would be bad.) I still think a battle needed to ensue, but we’ll I just think that their should have been more unification in the courts and this is what stopped WAR, because organization is its balance. Something that worked with the information of the world.
Also, speaking of the information for the courts, I found that the balancing out of the courts and who balanced who and what, was sloppy near the end of the series. How can one independent fae, who is not always going to be present, balance an entire court? It just didn’t feel right.
The book has potential, but unfortunately I just didn’t think that the writing of this one was up to par with what I had come to love. I also felt that the ending was too neat from the style of the previous books. That’s the thing though with ending a series, it’s hard to please everyone. Their is so much to live up to and many ends to tie up in one book, it can be hard to live up to the expectations.