By Melissa Marr
Harper Collins, 2009
Do you have any IDEA how excited I was when this ARC showed up on my front porch? I’m sure the neighbors thought I’d found a dead mouse or something, from all the shrieking! As you may have noticed, I have already read Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, and loved both. I very, very, VERY highly recommend you read all of Melissa Marr’s books in order. Even though Fragile Eternity is being marketed as the sequel to Wicked Lovely (and in a way it is) you still need to know what happened in Ink Exchange. You will be lost if you skip it.
In this, Melissa Marr’s third gripping tale of the land of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to not only stay true to their love, but to themselves as well. Nothing is as it seems in the violent and beautiful world of Faerie. The rules shift, allegiances change, and even your friends can’t be trusted. As with Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, the world of Faerie is in turmoil. Three of the four Faerie courts have changed regents and many of the Dark Court are demanding war. The unexpected can, and will, happen and it’s a wild, dark, engrossing ride.
Fragile Eternity returns to the story of Seth and Aislinn and Keenan and Donia, the main couples in Wicked Lovely. Seth and Aislinn are perfect for each other. They have been through so much, but there is one thing neither one of them can help. Aislinn will live forever, and Seth will not. Adding to the turmoil, as the Summer Equinox draws closer, so do Aislinn and Keenan, and Aislinn grows further apart from Seth. Seth decides to do the only thing he can do, which is exactly what EVERYONE else DOESN’T want him to do. Keenan still loves Doria, the Winter Queen, but if he has a chance with Aislinn, he’s going to take it. And Doria is tired of waiting for her chance with him. In the first two novels, Keenan was not exactly my favorite character (THAT would be Seth) but in Fragile Eternity, his lovely, conflicted, not-all-as-it-seems personality fascinated me. I am just dying to know what he’s all about. I am still not sure who is the good guy and who is the bad in this series, which just makes me want to keep reading. And, in case you’re wondering, Donia is my least favorite character. I am not one for Ice Queens.
Yet again, Ms. Marr has written complex characters full of strong emotion and divided attentions. Her characters continue to grow and develop with each novel. I love how unpredictable they are, how they never do what I think they’ll do, which is sort of how I’ve always thought faeries would be. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. And I’m beyond excited for the Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales graphic novel coming out at the end of the month.
It’s already pre-ordered.