Saturday, April 24, 2010
Synopsis: Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
My Review: The third installment of Melissa Marr's fantastic series did not disappoint. I was greatly impressed with how each individual character grew and changed. Marr illustrates beautifully that people are anything but static and they are always changing, even if they are faeries. At times I found myself disliking how Donia and Niall had changed so much, but I came to realize that they hadn't changed at all. Niall was hiding from who he really was and when he finally accepted himself I actually liked him more. Donia likewise experiences that truth. Giving up on Keenan is something she never wants to do, but she will if she has to. I'm glad that she didn't sink into a depression when Keenan so easily turned the tables on their potential relationship. Both are proud monarchs who will always put their Court before their own interests, and that's what makes them so admirable.
As the story progressed I found myself disliking Keenan and Aislinn more and more. Keenan is unbelievingly selfish and manipulative and Aislinn is just too naive to see it. She ignores what is clearly in front of her because she is convinced to have faith in the one person who does not deserve her trust. As much as I want Aislinn and Seth to end up together, it is more for Seth's sake than Aislinn's. Seth is even more understanding and honorable than previously hinted at. He completely accepts Aislinn for who she is and what she has become. He does not pressure her, does not ask for her complete and undivided attention. He is more than she will ever deserve and that makes him all the more amazing.
The introduction to the deeper workings of Faerie and Sorcha's High Court were also very well done. Sorcha, seemingly predictable and ruled by logic, is more complex than the reader initially believes. The balance of War and Reason with Devlin firmly inbetween had me entranced. I felt drawn to Devlin even with the few glimpses of him there are. He is seemingly emotionless, but there are times when his passion is revealed in unexpected ways. Marr does a wonderful job of making all of the characters seem real, not just the main ones. The side characters are always entrancing and I always find myself wanting to know more about them.
Overall, a beautifully written story that continues the journey of not only Aislinn and Seth, but Niall and Donia as well. New and important characters are introduced and I find myself wanting to delve deeper and deeper into the world of Faerie. And frankly I don't want to leave. :D
Posted by Ky at 8:43 AM