REVIEW: The Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659258
  • Author Website: Melissa Marr
  • Rating: YYYYY
  • 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.


    Ah! Sweet DARKEST MERCY. It was a bittersweet moment when I selected this book to read knowing that it would be the last in the WICKED LOVELY series. How does one say goodbye to a series that is so amazingly compelling? One that hosts the darkness that we cannot shy away from while revealing the promise of hope? I only know that once I began this concluding novel that I could not stop until the last word was consumed.

    As the DARKEST MERCY continues we find old enemies, lovers and friends together again. Bananach has gained unfathomable strength and her agenda is WAR and she will stop at nothing until she gets it. Meanwhile the ruling monarchs are preparing for the inevitable battle as they try to strengthen their courts, protect their fae and face their own personal demons.

    While reading the DARKEST MERCY I understood why this series is so dear to me. Simply put, I adore all if it's characters and the brilliant world that is their stage. I can never get enough of Niall and Irial (love them) and even the wicked Bananach for she is the ultimate bad ass. And Aislinn's final transformation from fragile human to a true faery monarch was captivating. While the introduction of the death faery's lent to the eerie wickedness that is hallmark to this series. The combination of all these fascinating characters and all their lives converging as the ultimate battle for blood and love is fought is one of the best stories I have read in a while. I could not be happier for how everything turned out but i will not go into details for I think everyone should experience this story on their own.

    In the final installment to the Wicked Lovely series Melissa Marr has created a spell binding story that is beautiful and brutal, laced with heartache, despair and deception. But above all, she has written an unforgettable tale of love.

    Thank you, Melissa for all the times your books have entertained and enthralled me. I am fan forever and cannot wait for whatever adventure you take me on next time.

    4 comments on "REVIEW: The Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr"

    Marie wrote: November 5, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    I can't wait for this to be released! I'm half way through Fragile Eternity and Seth is set on being a fey. Ohh... Seth! I love Niall and I'm glad to see more of him in FE.

    I'm sad the series is ending but I'm anxious to find out how she ties all the ends and how everything works out!

    Great review!

    FairyWhispers wrote: November 9, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Ohhh, no wonder when her other book,

    Radiant Shadows, didn't seem to make sense to me.

    I didn't see any 'seth' nor 'aislinn' in there.



    latishajean wrote: November 14, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I can't wait to see what happens sad to see it end too. I really enjoyed it and another one of my favorites is ending too!

    Book Geek (AKA ChibiNeko) wrote: November 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    I can't wait to read this book!

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