Fragile Eternity (Review)

Book cover for "Fragile Eternity" by Melissa Marr.Title: Fragile Eternity

Author: Melissa Marr

Publication Year: 2009

Pages: 448

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Seth wants to be with Aislinn forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Keenan stole Aislinn’s mortality to make her a monarch. Now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and to each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

(This is the third book in the Wicked Lovely series, after Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange.)

To be honest, this was my least favourite of the books in the series. In the end, though, it’s necessary, as it fleshes out the relationships and changing loyalties between characters and the faerie courts. And just because it was my least favourite doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. It was. It just means that it wasn’t quite as memorable as the others for me.

One thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the interplay between Aislinn/Keenan/Seth/Donia, as they all try to figure out where they belong and how they will interact. It was complicated and refreshing, nothing quite a clean-cut as so many other YA novels would have you believe about love.

There are lots of things to love about this book aside from that, including the rather interesting – if off-putting – character of Bananach (otherwise known as “War”), the sister and balance of the High Queen, Sorcha. While her character was definitely far to the edge of the crazy scale, she was also rather entertaining and kept everyone on their toes.


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