Book Review – Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr


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.

Review: I always feel like I have to preface my reviews of fey themed books because I tend to not be into this particular paranormal creature. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that I feel like I keep reading the same story over and over again. Fey themed novels enrich themselves in a wide-reaching history and I feel that sometimes authors tend to get trapped in this, producing predictable tales that leave the reader feeling like they’ve traveled to this mystical world one too many times.

That’s not to say I don’t like any fairy themed books. I am a fan of Carries Jones’ Need series, and still believe that Maggie Stiefvater’s Ballad is just as good, if not better, than any of the books in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. That being said, Melissa Marr’s Darkest Mercy has some moments of greatness. I must admit I haven’t read the entirety of the series, only the books focused on the exploits of the series’ two most powerful couples – Seth and Aislinn and Donia and Keenan. When I received an arc of Darkest Mercy last week I was excited to see how Marr was going to tie up the complicated relationship entanglements she spent books creating.

While one couple’s resolution totally worked for me in this novel, the other fell flat. And this is part of the reason I can’t say this is the best book of the series. Most of the book felt like a question and answer session for all the fans.  While I appreciated Marr’s dedication to providing her readers with the answers they needed, I wanted a little more from this. Fans will no doubt be thrilled with how things end, but I personally wanted an ending that wasn’t so perfect. I didn’t want things to be so easy. So clean. But I’m sure I stand with the minority here.

Despite the seemingly easy nature of wrapping up the major conflicts of the series, Marr brilliantly portrays court life in a fascinating and enticing way. This is the strongest aspect of the novel. I wish Marr would write a historical fiction because she certainly has a talent for portraying the difficulty that comes with balancing politics with personal wants.  In the end, Darkest Mercy will no doubt leave fans seeking the best for their beloved characters satisfied.

Darkest Mercy can be found in bookstores on 2/22. Just in time for you to catch up on all the other books in the series!

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  1. I’m with you on the “perfect happy ending” with regards to the love quadrangle. It was really irritating that she ended it with such a easy ending. It would have been more appropriate for the people involved to make sacrifices in their lives for the greater good. The fact that all of a sudden Keenan could just give up his powers and go be part of the winter court was just…..weird and unbelievable. It really felt like a cop-out. It wasn’t all bad just not nearly as good as I’d hoped.

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