Title: Radiant Shadows
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Hunger for nourishment. Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong.
Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers. Those same cravings also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies — including Devlin, the assassin who is brother to the faeries’ High Queen. Ani and Devlin are drawn together, but as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
I feel like everything in this series really comes together in Radiant Shadows. All the conflict, all the personal relationships, the tensions between each other and the courts, all seems to build up to this point. And then everything falls apart, with the hope that it will come together again afterwards. But one of the things I like about Marr’s work is that you’re never quite sure if things are going to work out or not, or how much damage will be caused in the process.
The world of the series gets expanded in this book, as some of the characters start interacting with Faerie. Even though most of the characters already existed before this point, I like where the book goes here, as they all kind of get their own subplots, rather than some of the characters being more “minor” and dependent on the actions of the main ones. It’s nice to have such a complex group of people all interacting with each other and changing each other’s lives.
On its own, this book isn’t as fantastic as some of the others in the series, but it’s necessary. Everything that happens in Radiant Shadows is an extension of what has come before, or a setup for what will come next.