Darkest Mercy (Review)

Book cover for "Darkest Mercy" by Melissa Marr.Title: Darkest Mercy

Author: Melissa Marr

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 336

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a deadly stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale. . . .

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 braces for the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion and readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faerie Courts, and in the thrilling conclusion of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

(This is the fifth and final book in the Wicked Lovely series, after Wicked LovelyInk ExchangeFragile Eternity, and Radiant Shadows.)

I kind of didn’t want to read this book. Not because I didn’t want to know what happened – I did – or because I wasn’t enjoying the series – I definitely was – but because I didn’t want it to be over. That’s the problem for me with reading series: they last longer, but they still end, and when they do, you’re more invested in the characters than you normally are when reading a standalone novel.

Everything comes to a head in Darkest Mercy. Not to sound like an old person, but basically, the shit hits the fan. Everything is different, nothing is working out the way people have planned, and things all fall apart and come together at the same time.

I really love how things turn out for everyone in this book. Marr does a great job of ensuring that what happens to everyone isn’t all that predictable. I had ideas about how things would end, and some of them came sort of true in the end, but not exactly in the way that I thought they would. And there were definitely some ends that were tied up in ways that I never, ever would have guessed.

Overall, I loved this series. I’m really just sad that it took me so long to get around to reading it.


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