Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

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Novel Facts:

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Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers. Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ cooly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of war. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans– and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

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Review of the Characters:

AniAni was very different from Marr’s other protagonists in the sense that she was always looking for danger, needing danger. With her dangerous and brave nature, she was fun to watch develop. I wish the author could have expanded on Ani’s relationship with her steed. Marr just briefly touched on it which took aways some of the meaning. I also thought her relationship with Devlin happened pretty fast but it was sweet to read. Overall, I enjoyed Ani and hope to see her further develop in Marr’s final installment, Darkest Mercy.

DevlinMuch like Ani, Devlin was different from Marr’s usual male leads. He was very reserved and cold, which made sense because of his High Court nature. This nature made his kind moments all the more special (and completely cute). With Devlin we got to learn more about Sorcha and Bananach which was VERY interesting. Marr wrote a fascinating history of Faery, leaving us wanting for more. One last thing about Devlin, I liked that it took him a while to decide between his sisters and Ani, the hesitation was realistic.

RaeI LOVED Rae. Marr should have given us more chapters with her because she was the best part of the book. I especially adore the prologue in which Rae and Devlin first met, it was written very well. I was a little confused that all three: Ani, Devlin and Rae seemed to come to an understanding that all were comfortable with. It seemed that Rae did not get the better part of the deal but considering that she is an ethereal being, I guess it was to be expected. I hope Rae plays a part in the next novel.

Review of the Story: (This section does contain spoilers)

The story is definitely more action packed than the rest of Marr’s faerie series, however I did feel it was eclipsed by the romance element. Also, some of the key points in the plot left me confused and questioning the past books. For instance, if Bananach can not be killed without the risk of killing all faeries, why didn’t she make this known in the earlier books? She would have been able to cause a great deal more chaos without fear of retaliation. It made me think that the author did not have the whole story developed when she wrote her first installment, Wicked Lovely.

Review of the Writing:

Marr did a much better job this time round at keeping a fast pace within the novel. While I felt she could have gone into depth a little  bit more in some areas, she continues to write beautiful moments. I feel she would be a most excellent short story novelist where she would not be required to flesh out as many details as a regular length novel.

Rating:

Once again, Melissa Marr provided an excellent story of faerie and unlike her previous novels it moved at a fast pace, keeping the reader at the edge of their seat. Her characters were refreshingly different proving that she can throw patterns out the window when given the chance. The world of faerie only gets more intriguing through the eyes of Devlin, Ani and Rae causing much excitement for Marr’s final installment, Darkest Mercy.

If Marr had fleshed out a few more details it would have been a near perfect novel as it was though it makes a great read and I recommend it to all who love urban fantasy.

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P.S.- My next read is the classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (can’t wait)!

Posted July 11, 2013 by Lindsey in Book Reviews, Books, Entertainment, Freshly Pressed, Literature, Novels, Paranormal, Reading, Reviews, Uncategorized, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult / 1 Comment

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