I stumbled on this book in my public library last summer, and decided that I needed to read it immediately. I loved the Wicked Lovely books, and any chance to read more of Marr’s writing was a welcome one.
I was originally under the impression that this book – and the graphic novels it was based on – told the stories of a few of Keenan’s former Winter Girls. Rather, it follows just one: Rika.
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.
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.
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.