Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Fragile Eternity Review

Title: Fragile Eternity
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Fantasy, Faeries, Romance, Magic, & Immortality
Pages: 389
Plot: (From the Dust jacket)
     "Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone-but that was before Aislinn.  She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and wants to be with her forever.  Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
     Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her-but that was before Keenan.  He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
     In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos."

     The Wicked Lovely Series keeps getting better and better as I plunge deeper and deeper into the story.  I found myself holding my breath in anticipation throughout the conflicting dilemmas that were being unraveled as I sped through Fragile Eternity, only left gasping for air as the last page was turned!  Melissa Marr's exceptional writing skills and different character views add together for an unrivaled approach to narration.
     This novel was utterly ensnaring as well as vivid and heartfelt.  Melissa Marr expands her unique world to show you the court workings and social acceptance.  Altogether relationships form and disintegrate to unveil a tantalizing dilemma that threatens almost every alliance made.  With all the disarray in the courts, war is pressing down pressuring all monarchs to make wise and proper decisions that would benefit their court as well as create a balanced environment.
      Again this story was very different than the first two as it was narrated mainly from Seth's point of view with snippets from Aislinn's perspective.  As Seth's role develops you see that his character has transformed from extremely patient, understanding, and enduring; to become fiercely loyal, desperate, determined, and frivolous all because he feels weak and left out from Aislinn's faerie world.  I wasn't as proud of Aislinn in this novel.  Between her struggles maintaining her court and adapting to the role of the Summer Queen, Aislinn has become naive and focuses too much on what she has to lose in the years to come instead of enjoying what she has now. There is also plenty of insight about the mysterious queen of the high court, Sorcha.  She may come across as the unchanging queen who never lets emotions get in the way of reason but after meeting Seth everything changes! 
      Just like the rest of the series I have given this novel an A+, as the plot was lush and dark.  The love triangle created in this book is truly one that rivals Cassandra Clare's Immortal Instruments!  The characters walk a fine line between good and evil and one choice could tip the scale.  Melissa Marr's writing style and the uniqueness of the story only adds to the mysterious setup, the tension, and suspense.

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

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