Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

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Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

5 Stars

If you have not read any books in the series or if you don’t want to read spoilers, I wouldn’t suggest going any further, but just so you know, this book was amazing! And you should DEFINITELY go read this series now!!

Darkest Mercy picks up where Radiant Shadows ended. On her quest to start a war and become a regent, Bananach has fatally injured Irial and has been leaving a trail of destruction wherever she goes, leaving the Summer, Winter and Dark Courts to figure out how to stop her.

Keenan and Donia..le sigh. They had the saddest relationship in my opinion. They have loved each other for years but they could never really be together. Just when she’s finally made it clear that she will no longer put up with him, he comes back intent on winning her back. Keenan really surprised me in this book. I would say I felt the same way about him that Aislinn did, but he was a manipulator, and therefore I couldn’t really empathize with him. He completely redeemed himself though. I never knew he was really like this, and I guess the only one who did was Donia. As soon as he showed up at Donia’s as a solitary, he won me over.

I was so happy that Seth finally got Ash all to himself. He deserves happiness…they both do! Ash coming into her own, and ruling her court with confidence was incredibly nice to see.

On to my favorites…Niall and Irial. I’m not going to lie…I cried a little for these two several times throughout this book. I think I might have thought I’d go crazy with grief right alongside Niall. I don’t know what it is about them that makes them my favorite, aside from being hot, sexy, and loyal, I mean. I think the idea of someone loving a person for centuries and not being able to be with them just kills me, and I think that’s why I was rooting for them to make it the most out of all the couples.

I was glad Bananach FINALLY got what she deserved, but I do wish it hadn’t been at the expense of some of the lives she took. There were a couple of surprising kills!!

Overall, the book was about love and loss, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending. I was completely over the moon at how perfect this book was, that I couldn’t even write about it right after finishing it. The way Melissa Marr writes is so beautiful to me! So poetic! And even though this series is over, I will anxiously wait until more of her books are out, because I guarantee you I’ll be reading them.

Book Info

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #5
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: February 22nd 2011
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: FantasyRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Send the messengers for the Faery Courts. This is the end.

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.

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at

Jess @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr”

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    I didn't read the review because I'm trying to avoid seeing any spoilers! I want to read this, I really do, but I hate for the series to end! That's why I've put it off for so long. Ughh, I'm going to have to give in and read it soon because I am dying to read more about Irial *swoon*

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    Agreed!! I loved it. I too was greatly pleased by the Keenan/Donia resolution.

    Have you read her Carnival of Secrets (Previously titled Carnival of Souls)? It’s book one in the Untamed City series. Definitely worth it. :)

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