Darkest Mercy

by Melissa Marr

HarperCollins | February 22, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Darkest Mercy is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

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 bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 22, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062078372

ISBN - 13: 9780062078377

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, but not as I expected Being a fan of Marr's entire series, I was thrilled when the final book came out. Unfortunately, I find myself slightly disappointed with the conclusion of the series. The book spent a lot of time with the characters bouncing between one another with very little movement to the plot. As with any book in a series, there was a fair amount of 'reminder text' that let us remember what had happened when last we were with the characters. For a final novel - a little too much. If I got all the way to this one - I know what they've been going through. The story concludes in a satisfying manner, but the depth is gone from Marr's main characters. The trials and decisions that plague them throughout the series are finished quickly and almost a little neater than I would prefer. For the amount of angst Marr concocted in the love messes, I was expecting a greater bang for my buck. Overall I enjoyed this book as I like the whole series, but it just seemed a little flatter than the rest. I guarantee you'll like it if you liked the first 3, but don't expect to like it quite as much as them.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional ending. "If you have read the other Wicked Lovely novels then this review will not spoil anything. Darkest Mercy is the fifth and final book in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. Each Wicked Lovely book tells it’s own story, and Darkest Mercy is the perfect conclusion. Each book is a story revolving around four faery courts: Winter, Summer, Dark, and High. The Winter and Summer Courts are the embodiment of their seasons, the Dark Court is surrounded by emotion, and the High Court is bound to provide order. Order and Discord take form in the High Queen, Sorcha, and her sister Bananach. But, Bananach, being no longer content with discord, wants war, and War will go to any length to get what she wants. The only way to stop her reign of terror is to kill her. It is said, however, that if Order or Discord were to die than it would end the lives of all faeries. It is too dangerous to leave Bananach alive, but can she be killed? The Regents waited too long to act and now War is upon them literally and figuratively. Everyone, (including in the readers) suffers. War has power and she is winning. The Courts have to pull together or they will crumble, and every Faery will either have to serve fealty to Bananach or die. Every character is hanging off a cliff at the end of Radiant Shadows, and Darkest Mercy ties all the threads together. There are choices to be made, allies to be found, battles to be fought, and loves to be won. I'm writing this immediately after finishing the book, so please bear with me. The only words I was able to utter 10 minutes ago were, "Oh my God", over and over. I am shell-shocked. I can tell you this right now: I will not be able to do Darkest Mercy justice. A while ago I was wondering if Melissa Marr was heartless. She has no problem killing, (or torturing), any character, and I was reminded of JK Rowling’s Deathly Hallows. I am warning you: if you love these characters, as I still do, you will not read Darkest Mercy in a public place. This is the final book of the series, so you already have favourites. You are attached, and you love certain characters. On the flip side, there are characters you want to burn in the fiery pits of hell. Yes, I am personally holding a grudge towards Bananach. Putting it lightly, I was (and currently am) very emotional. This book broke my heart. What happened to these characters broke my heart. At one point in this book, I have felt sorry for every faery that is NOT War. Right now, I cannot form words, but what they had to face ... it was avoidable and undeserved. Melissa Marr has created amazing characters. I want to live with them. I want to keep reading their stories, but I think it is best that it ended they way it did. I do not want to say anything that would spoil the ending for you, but I will say this: If you do not cry, you will scream. (I did both). These characters, and the writing caused so many strong emotions that I couldn't contain myself. Darkest Mercy is the first book that ever made me scream. And I wouldn't have ended it any other way. There was one relationship that I believe had a definite destination throughout the entire series, but EVERY other one surprised me. You would have never seen what was coming, and then it changed direction again. I was wrong in nearly all of my predictions. You will not see anything coming, and I am so happy for that. Everything was a shock. And I love it to pieces. Melissa Marr is as cruel as she is kind. Keenan is a fool in love, but we already know that. Irial is my favourite character and it is rare that I can choose. Seth is driven, and kind, and the most pure. Donia is strength. Aislinn is hard and bright. Niall is as terrible as he is vulnerable. Sorcha is out of her element. Bananach is crazy … As if I needed to point that out. Darkest Mercy is a love story. Is it tragic? Yes, at times it will rip your heart out. Is it lovely? The loveliest. I’m sorry that I didn’t talk much about the book’s content. But sometimes books make you feel, and I’ve learned that that’s okay." Quoted myself from readandriot.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-02-19

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Darkest Mercy

by Melissa Marr

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 22, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062078372

ISBN - 13: 9780062078377

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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 bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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