Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4) by Melissa Marr

Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4)
By Melissa Marr

(Hardcover, 340 pages)

The fourth in Marr’s Wicked Lovely series focuses loosely on Devlin, the High Queen of Faerie’s advisor-assassin, and Ani, the half-mortal daughter of Gabriel, leader of the Wild Hunt. Characters from other books play roles of varying importance as Devlin and Ani meet, fall in lust/love, and foil another attempt to create unrest in both worlds. This is a convoluted story, and despite frequent interruptions detailing character back stories and the inner workings of Faerie courts, it is utterly dependent on the rest of the series. The story ends with balance restored to Faerie, an ominous sense of precariousness leaves room for more.

I have said before that I probably wouldn’t continue the Wicked Lovely series because I was disappointed in Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity. After reading the first few chapters of Ink Exchange it was disappointing to me when I realized that it was not exactly a sequel or a continuation of the story in Wicked Lovely. When I started reading Ink Exchange I enjoyed how the love triangle between Keenan, Asilinn and Seth is heightened, but after awhile it was redundant (Aislann loves Seth but is attracted to Keenan, Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislann), over and over and over and over with nothing really happening in the story.

When the fourth book Radiant Shadows came out I didn’t run to the book store to purchase it, until my daughter decided that she wanted to read the series…. and since it was in the house I thought I would give it a chance.

The beginning of Radiant Shadows began as pure confusion for me; it had been awhile since I'd read Fragile Eternity and the intricacies of the courts and the Hounds was lost on me totally and I also couldn't remember the story line of Ani from the previous book. Once again this book is not about Ash and Seth but instead about Devlin and Ani and her journey as she discovers who she is and how her life intertwines with Devlin's. I didn’t find Ani’s character very interesting, but by the end of the book, I grew to like Devlin a lot. I still can’t figure out the love triangle between Rae, Devlin & Ani. Overall, Radiant Shadows was okay and I enjoyed it somewhat but once again not much happens in this book and it feels to be more of a filler for the final book in the Wicked Lovely series, Darkest Mercy, which I’ll read just to finish the series. I hope that Marr brings all of the story threads to a definite and satisfying ending in Darkest Mercy.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi


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