Monday, March 21, 2011
I love Donia in DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr
So, it's like really hard to talk about the last book in a series without spoiling the preceding books. So, if you haven't read them yet, go read the first four Wicked Lovely books by Melissa Marr, like now. Of course I won't spoil Darkest Mercy, because that would be sick and wrong.
Now, Donia was one of my favorite characters from Wicked Lovely, so I was super excited to see her on the cover of Darkest Mercy. I have to admit, though, I was a little nervous to read the last book in this awesome series, because I knew war was brewing and I feared a blood-bath.
Also, when I read Radiant Shadows many moons ago, I screamed at the last line of the epilogue. Devlin tells Seth, "Try not to die, brother." Ahh!
I love Seth! And really, he is near and dear to so many faeries that he's the perfect target for Bananach to start some trouble. So yes, I was worried, but once I started reading, of course I couldn't stop.
Melissa Marr blew me away once again with her brilliant prose. What I loved about this final book, was its sense of humor. We know these characters so well now and Marr slipped in all these inside jokes and great one-liners. And Niall--oh how I love Niall--even when he's on the brink of madness and overwhelmed with grief, is pretty darn funny.
Marr uses so many point of views, I lost count. But because we know almost all the characters so well, it was never dizzying. We are introduced to two new faeries, Far Dorcha and Ankou. And in the way only Marr knows how to craft characters, they are both dark and frightening, yet likable.
Darkest Mercy focuses a lot on forgiveness. And as a reader I felt like I had to forgive some characters, for their actions in the previous books and for their trespasses in the course of this final installment.
I loved this book. Donia was as strong as ever and Seth continued to serve as the moral compass for the faerie courts. But there were some devastating parts. The senseless death of war was deeply felt. There were bloody battles and grief.
But Marr also has a marvelous knack for bringing her characters to the brink of doom and then getting them out of it in a way that feels natural. Darkest Mercy is dark and bloody, but it's also the most hopeful of all five books. I love the emotional ride of Darkest Mercy. Read it!