Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely)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. (Synopsis from Amazon)

I have made no secret that the Wicked Lovely Series has been my favorite of all time.  Wicked Lovely is my number one favorite book.  It was the first novel I had ever read where the faeires were dark and mean and twisted and I loved it!  No other book I've read has come close to capturing their world the way she has created it.  That being said, there were some books in the series I liked better than others.

 Wicked Lovely was my favorite, but it might be replaced by Darkest Mercy.  This was a beautiful story that wove all the threads left behind from all the other books and tied the knot.  Old characters came back, some new characters were added and the old battle with War final came to a showdown.  The twists and turns while you saw them coming had twists and turns you could never see coming because you didn't know they could happen.  But this is a faery tale and all things are possible.  Even Keenan returning.  (Grrr)!  But he is a little more likable in this story.  Seth is there in a predicament of his own.  And Aislinn trying to keep things together.

The final showdown is so chaotic that I had to keep rereading to make sure I knew what was going on.  Who was where and what had happened if anything to my beloved characters.  The aftermath is bittersweet and surprising.  This is where the stranger especially comes in to play.  And that's it.  It's all I'm going to say because I'm not going to ruin the story for anyone.  It's amazing and very complete and must have been very difficult for Melissa to write.  But she did such a great job and I am so happy that I didn't have to wait for my preordered copy to come.  I will reread it  because I got it yesterday and read it in one night.  No way was I going to bed without knowing the ending.  And the final pages were a huge surprise and so befitting who they were about I almost laughed except they were done out of love.  I will say there is a lot more romance in this final book, but there would have to be because of the conflicts between Seth, Ash, Keenan and Donia.  But it's not detailed, just very fitting.

I am such a huge fan of Melissa Marr's work.  I know Graveminder comes out in June and I believe she has another trilogy she's writing totally unrelated to this series.  I'd love to have her creativity and imagination.  But, instead, I will settle for reading the worlds and characters she creates and the stories she weaves so magically.  If you like faeries and haven't read this series, what are you waiting for?  I think it sets the standard by which I measure all other stories about faeries.  Oh, and the cover is much better when you see it in person!

Heather in Sandwich


  1. Oh, oh,'re review has only added to my already considerably large desire to read this final installment. Really, I CAN'T WAIT! Sounds like Melissa Marr did an incredible job (as usual). Thanks for the non-spoiler review! Counting down the days....

  2. GMR-

    You will love this last book! I guarantee it! I couldn't believe how lucky I was to get on this tour and read it early. I must have put my name on the list months ago. And I knew there was no way, but I got the email last week and almost did a split in the driveway on the ice trying to get up to the mailbox to get to it because I was sure it would come and it did!! In fact, my mailbox was full of goodies yesterday!

    Read something else good while you're waiting. You don't need to reread, she reminds us enough of what went on in the past that even if you read the series long ago, she'll catch you up to date!

    Heather in Sandwich

  3. I've only read the first two books, but I really enjoyed them...I don't know why I keep putting off continuing the series. Melissa Marr is pretty much genius. Great review, Heather! :)

  4. Melissa- Uh, yeah! Nobody can touch her story telling, her world building. That being said, there are some books I liked better than others, but this last one....NOTHING LIKE IT! You guys are in for a treat. I don't know how she keeps everything straight, but she didn't leave anything hanging. I don't think we should look for any more stories on this series. But Graveminder comes out in May according to her assistant, Donna.

    Again, I feel so very lucky to have been able to read it early. It was one of my most anticipated books this year. And strangely, I'm not sad to see it end, I guess because she did the ending so well. I was worried, but boy can she make things up and make them work!


  5. I want this book more than I can tell you! (Cries a little) I didn't read your review because I haven't read the book yet but I'll come back and revisit after.


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