Has it ever happened to you that you finish a book and honestly don’t know if you liked it or not? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me with this one. In my experience, this is a pretty normal feeling when reading a series because even when you hate the story, you get to see some of the characters from previews books and you start feeling nostalgic. We all know that when we get nostalgic we tent to forget all the bad stuff, which is the case with this book, even more so because is the fifth and last installment of the Wicked Lovely series. The spoiler thing goes without saying, it is the fifth book of the series after all.
Darskest Mercy starts where Radiant Shadows ended. Irial is hurt, Bananach is on a killing frenzy, Niall is losing his mind, Keenan is still running, Ash is still undecided and Donia has a broken heart. We know from the last book that a battle is imminent and lives will be lost, so as expected I prepared myself for a big cry and a bittersweet ending. I don’t want to spoil your reading but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
More than the plot itself, the beauty of this book was the characters and how they have grown. There is nothing new in the story behind Darkest Mercy, at this point we are experts on any Fae-related issue, so this book is more about tying some loose ends and showing how the leading characters deal with the war. Again, I have mixed feeling; we saw all the Regents playing an important role, we read their POV and this helped to understand their decisions, however we also have many others POVs, there is Seth’s, Irial’s, Gabriel’s, Chela’s and Far Dorcha’s who is a new scary Fairy also know as Death. All these POVs made the story a little confusing and the pace somewhat distracting.
Surprising as might seem (at least for me), my favorite character from this book was Keenan. I used to hate him -egoistical bastard as he was-. Now, is not that he is an altruist person, is more that we understand his struggle and some of the decisions that he had to make. In Darkest Mercy he assumes his role as a monarch in some unexpected ways that at the end are the key to winning or losing the war. Seth somehow became a secondary character with a leading role and his decisions in this story almost proved fatal.
The ladies -Donia and Aislinn- have reached an understanding and now rule their courts with a common aim. Keenan, still “missing”, is no longer in their way, so they can focus on the impending events and try to make a plan. Leslie is around again, and the way in which Melissa solved the triangle between her, Niall and Irial is quite nice, though a little confusing.
All in all was an entertaining read, some bits were disappointing and some were magnificent. It doesn’t leave too many questions, it has romance in between all the blood and it brings the best of every important character from the whole series. I obviously recommend this one to fans, there is no way that you could understand a thing without reading the first books.
There are a lot of people that loved Darkest Mercy, for me is not the best of the series- far from it-, that place goes to Ink Exchange; yet, is a fine way to end this story and I guess I will miss it. Read it, but don’t expect too much from it.
Review by Marie
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.
HarperCollins; February 22nd 2011