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DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr

DARKEST MERCY

From the Wicked Lovely series, volume 5

By Melissa Marr

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-165925-6
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

As the evil faery Bananach prepares to wage war, the Summer and Winter courts search for allies. Keenan, the Summer King, is still caught between Aislinn, who is his queen, and Donia, the Winter Queen, who is his true love. Aislinn, meanwhile, knows that her heart lies with Seth, a mortal turned faery. All of them put their differences aside to fight the war, which is made all the more complex by the presence of Death and the grieving Dark King. Though the threat of war is presented from page one, most of the first half involves faeries talking and debating their powers but doing little. Save for Donia, who comes into her own and takes full control of her powers and her court, the characters remain essentially unchanged from previous books in the series. A slog through this final overwritten chapter in the Wicked Lovely series should prove rewarding for persevering readers who have wondered both how the Keenan/Aislinn/Seth/Donia quadrangle will resolve itself and what they will sacrifice to achieve both love and power. For fans only. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)