February 17, 2010

Radiant Shadows (Melissa Marr) Review

I received this book from Bloody Bad: Borrow My Arc Tour.

Publisher: HarperCollins (April 20, 2010)
Hardcover: 340 pages

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other? (Source)

Review
This book continued the story from 'Fragile Eternity' from the point of view of Ani, Devlin, and Rae. Where we left off is in the world of Faerie where Sorcha is letting that world unravel until she knows that her son, Seth, is safe. Devlin is told to check up on Seth but in the meantime meets Ani, who he was supposed to assassinate years before, and his life is altered by her.

Just when I thought this series could not get any better! This book stepped it up another level with illuminating the lives of the Fey in the High Court. Devlin was introduced in 'Fragile Eternity' very briefly and this book expanded on his character greatly. Devlin was created from both Sorcha and Bananach and needed them for nourishment. He was constantly torn between keeping his two sister-mothers pleased. But when he met Ani again, he realized that there was so much more out there for him, that he began to question his allegiance to the High Court.

The character of Ani was fascinating to me. The fact that she needed both touch and emotion to be completely satiated always kept her on edge wanting more. When she met Devlin it was an instant attraction that was unexplainable to either of them, but started a relationship that was both forbidden and vital to both of them. Marr created such a strong character in Ani. She was a compelling wildcat that only wanted to find her place in the Hunt so she could belong. Devlin and Ani complimented each other so fully, it was inevitable that they belonged together.

Katherine Rae O'Falherty AKA Rae was an expected twist for me. This character diverged from the typical fey in these novels in the fact that she was a spectral being (who could 'possess' another body) and a dream walker. Rae was one of my favorite characters in this book. She was the exceptional piece of the puzzle who essentially connected the dots in this story.

In all of Marr's 'Wicked Lovely' books, love or some form of passion/lust is a major theme, and this book was no different. But the new way it was shown was quite captivating. Devlin and Ani were brought together for a reason, to compliment each other's needs and desires but with painful consequence. The internal struggle of keeping their families away from harm but the preoccupation with each other made this book difficult to put down. I was drawn by the relationship these two created and the balance they tried to ensure to keep each other safe and well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the 'Wicked Lovely' series, or anyone who is in the mood for a thrill-ride exploring the magical world of the Fey.



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1 comment:

  1. Great review. Thank you so much for being a part of the tour. I loved the characterization as well. I think Ani was my favorite.

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