- Published: April 29, 2009
- Publisher: HarperTeen (an imprint of Harper Collins)
- Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
- Pages in Hardback: 389
- Series: Wicked Lovely (5 novels)
- Preceded by: Ink Exchange
- Followed by: Radiant Shadows
- Quote: “Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done”.
- Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
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 new challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faery, 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.
Review of the Characters:
Aislinn– I liked Aislinn much more in this novel than Wicked Lovely, but perhaps that is because I liked Fragile Eternity much more than Wicked Lovely. In Wicked Lovely, the ending had seemed much too easy and not realistic (not that faeries are at all realistic) so I was very glad to see in Fragile Eternity that things were not as simple as they seemed. I sympathized a great deal for Ash as I watched her obvious struggle between her love for Seth and her pull towards Keenan. Did anyone else feel that she was often treated unfairly in this novel? Niall and Donia blamed her for many things that were out of her power. Although I do understand Donia’s reaction which is just a result of Keenan’s lack of attention but I truly did not understand Niall when he told Aislinn she was undeserving of Seth. However I can understand one frustration towards Aislinn, her blindness towards Keenan’s true character. It was hard to watch her forgive him over and over. (Further proof that boys are nothing but trouble).
Seth– My admiration grew for Seth in this novel much in the same way it did for Aislinn. He was one of the only pro-active characters in the novel, determined not to sit back and watch his faery girlfriend slip away. He never thought about eliminating his competition, knowing that it would upset Ash and further proving he knew her better than Keenan ever will. My one frustration with Seth is the way he allows Niall to blame her unjustly. He should have made it clear to Niall that she was to be treated with the same respect that he himself received. But Seth did have bigger things on his mind (trying to become immortal and everything).
Sorcha– A new player in the world of Faery and a powerful one at that, Sorcha makes an excellent addition to Marr’s series. She heightens the feel of magic in the novel, raising the stakes for all characters involved. With Sorcha we see the politics between the courts much more clearly and much more complicated than we first assumed. She is a fitting match for Bananach, which I did not think existed. I loved the outcome of her character in the end of the novel and I can’t wait to see how she further develops.
Keenan– While my love for Aislinn and Seth grew my opinion for Keenan declined (plummeted really). In Wicked Lovely I could appreciate his difficult situation but his actions in Fragile Eternity are not forgivable. Keeping secrets from Aislinn was one thing but the way he treated Donia is what really irked me. He was only there for her as long as there was no chance with Aislinn and if he really loved her (as he ‘says’) he would have let her go or fully committed.
Review of the Story:
The story was better than Wicked Lovely but not as good as Ink Exchange. It was filled with great and interesting moments but was slow-paced (which I am beginning to understand is typical of Melissa Marr). However, it is about tension between the courts thickening which explains much of the slow pace. In spite of that Marr has done a wonderful job at developing the world of faerie, setting up a promising read for the rest of her series.
Review of the Writing:
As said before (if you paid attention) this was a typical Marr novel in the sense that she wrote great scenes but it was set at a very slow pace. I am now used to it so it did not frustrate me as much as the lack of resolution. We are left on a huge cliff hanger and after all that waiting for something to happen the novel ends abruptly. That was a little disappointing.
Melissa Marr does not disappoint in her sequel, Fragile Eternity, as she further spins webs, entwining characters and outcomes masterfully. It was exciting to see further in Marr’s world building of Faeries and she only leaves us wanting for more. If is wasn’t for the slow pace and abrupt ending it would have been a GREAT novel, but instead we have to settle with a good novel (and trust me, it was GOOD).
P.S.- I have already started Radiant Shadows (Keenan better get his)!