Saturday, September 17, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Darkest Mercy Review

Title: Darkest Mercy
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Fantasy, Faerie, Immortality, Romance, Death, & War
Pages: 327
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     "The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifies 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 cooly readies the Winter Court for the battle.  And Seth the 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 final conflict, some will win... and some will lose everything.
     The trilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless."

     As the final conclusion, Darkest Mercy was absolutely astonishing.  I couldn't put it down, it was as truly enchanting and utterly ensnaring.  I found the final edition to be bittersweet as I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish but I'm left disappointed that it is over.  Not that it didn't end well because I thought it ended perfectly, I'm distressed saying goodbye to all the characters that I have come to love...even if I wasn't fond of them in the beginning.
     What Melissa Marr captured in this series was truly masterful; the world created in the Wicked Lovely series is one that truly stands on its own.  I couldn't even fathom how Melissa Marr created a world of fey that is so detailed. From her faerie courts, court laws, court workings, the characters (that were so well rounded), to the threading of the plot line...just brilliant! 
      Marr's exceptional writing habits form a mesmerizing tale that allow you to step inside each character and drowned in their lust, wallow in their sorrows, and yearn for peace and balance within their courts.  With hopes that true love can conquer all, whether in the realm of faerie or in the world of mortals, you see strong characters pressing through their doubts to fight for what they believe in.  Throughout the entire series each book was narrated from one or two characters view points, the threads woven from each edition were left to collide together in Darkest Mercy, which held numerous character views that was insightful and conclusive.  Since you had the opportunity to connect with the entirety of the regent faerie roles in the series, it was justifiable that the final novel held the close from all characters.  Keenan held me in awe and shock as he developed and understood his needed sacrifices.  Aislinn lost her naivety and evolved into a fierce and bold queen.  Donia continued to hold her own standing as a logical regent and held to her word with allies to rise against war.  Seth was as always preserving and supportive.   Niall was as unforgiving and ruthless but succeeded in overcoming his madness to fight alongside his allies.  Irial who was fatally injured had a intriguing twist in the tale that will leave you dismayed.
     I gave this book an A+, as I discovered this to be an ideal and flawless finish to the Wicked Lovely series. If you haven't read the series then I would tell you to read it, if you like fantasy then you will love it.  If anyone is losing or had lost focus midway through the series then I highly encourage you to keep going!  As you keep pushing on you will find someone or something that will grab you and you really won’t want to stop until the last tantalizing page is turned!

Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Writing Style: 5


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