Darkest Mercy: Wicked Lovely, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times best-selling Wicked Lovely series will leave listeners breathless.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 38 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 22, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #149,750 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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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!
I read an ARC of Darkest Mercy in January that was on a tour thanks to Melissa Marr getting extra copies. My review is based on the ARC.
I think I am going to have a hard time putting everything I feel about this book into words because it was just that good. Melissa's books are so beautifully written I get lost in the language and the way all of them seem to flow so easily.
On the brink of war, every fae in Huntsdale has something they are fighting for and I don't think there is anyone who comes out completely unscathed in some way. Which made the story realistic, no one gets through a war of this magnitude without repercussions. Melissa has done such an amazing job of bringing life to so many characters, you cannot help but grow found of them! The downside: it sucks when they get hurt and since they are in a war, they do get hurt.
The format of this book shifts point of views quite a bit, which I thought was really interesting. As a reader, you get to experience life through the eyes of some familiar characters and some not so familiar characters. I know it sounds like it might be confusing, but it really isn't. You get a well rounded reading experience this way and it makes the story richer. The reader gets to view the climax of this series from so many angles that you feel as though you are there experiencing it as well.
The craziest thing to me was the ending, which of course I will not share, but when you read it I think you will get what I mean. Melissa is brilliant! As soon as I read the final pages I was immediately taken back to my first thoughts on Wicked Lovely. The way Melissa has weaved all these story lines together is flawless and it is amazing to watch all the pieces just fall into place and fit.
If you are a fan of this series like I am, I think you will love this last installment as much as I have. It exceeded my expectations and after I read it I literally hugged the book because I was so sad to see it end. Melissa did a fantastic job of bringing this series to a close. I know I will be re-reading this series again to pick up on hints I think I missed the first time through and that is when I know I truly loved a book. So thank you Melissa for a beautiful and enchanting series. I am sad to see it end, but was thrilled to be along for the ride.
"He leaned back for a moment to tug her shirt down her arms, with the same wicked, lovely smile that had first stolen her breath years ago."
No, I am not going to tell you who the characters involved in this scene are, but I will explain why I like this quote. I have noticed that the titles of Melissa's books seem to work their way into the text and when they do it is always in a clever way. This is a feature I have enjoyed throughout this series, so I thought I would spotlight one. Plus I just think this one is really sweet!
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It is not just that by the time you read Darkest Mercy there are about seven faerie courts involved - each with its set of regents, hierarchy and followers - but the fact that she manages to give each of them, and I do not mean just the courts but every character within them, very defined characteristics, personality and interests. Not to mention the politics in between the courts, which... closely resembles real life politics: lies, manipulation, misleading, good intentions behind devious means and worse. As an inspiring writer, creating a story filled with so many characters that are all so different seems like a damn tall order, but Melissa manages it beautifully.
Is Darkest Mercy the best book of the saga? I am not sure. Then again, I cannot see the story ending any other way. Be prepared to run for the tissues.
What amazes me the most about this series, though, is Melissa's contrasts: beauty is sickening, cold is passionate, perfection is boring, cruelty is noble and death is merciful. The tittles to her books are a good hint of how she operates. Every first impression you have of any situation and any character gets thrown right out of window as you get to know them better, to the point that after all the lies, deceits, deaths and love affairs you cannot really dislike any of them, apart from Discord. Keenan is the typical example for me. Through his manipulations, misleading and lies I can say I did not like him from the very beginning and was hoping he would pay for his ways. In Darkest Mercy, however, you will discover a little more about him and I found myself hoping he would also have his shot at true love and happiness. How do you go from wishing a character's death throughout the first four books to cheering for him at the very last one? *scratches head in confusion*
Ultimately, for me, these books are also about human nature, as every court is the embodiment of a facet of human personality, and the fact that true happiness can only be found when a balance in between all those is achieved. I would most highly recommend this series to anyone.
"Let Melissa Marr take through alluring romances, heart-stopping danger and sinister intrigues. Step into a world of shadows and desire - into the world of Faerie."
In this book, there's a cheeky little twist that occurs in order to bring to an end the Aislinn, Keenan, Donya, Seth love thingy - more than a triangle but less than a square, or rectangle, make of that what you will :).
The water fey described in the beginning of the book really piqued my interest and I wondered that Marr was introducing yet another new thread into this already massive tapestry. I believe the water fey were perhaps meant to play a larger part in the story than they actually did - I could be wrong, but it certainly felt that way.
There are some more new kids on the block, Death and his sister. They've turned up for one very important fairy, but as they wait they gather up several more who are killed thanks to Bananach (the fairy of War). Bananach's had enough of being the fey bully, she's tired of reigning in her cruelty and decides it's time that blood spilled...some will fall...
Leslie from Ink Exchange makes a reappearance, and practically everyone features in this book - which must have been quite a challenge to write. Devlin, Ani and Sorcha fall into the background, which makes sense considering their stories were told in 'Radiant Shadows' (Book 4).
Certainly entertaining, but for me this doesn't leap into first place ahead of the other books in the series. The four books ahead of 'Darkest Mercy' deal with different main characters, this book pulls together the various stories into a fairly satisfying conclusion.