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Alluring Romance, Heart Stopping Danger, And Sinister Intrigue Combine In The Penultimate Volume Of Melissa Marr S New York Times Bestselling Wicked Lovely SeriesHalf Human And Half Faery, Ani Is Driven By Her HungersThose 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 DeathAni 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

10 thoughts on “Radiant Shadows

  1. says:

    Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsRadiant Shadows is my least favorite book of the series, and I m sorry to say I ve been feeling a decline in its allure since Fragile Eternity I plowed through FE in the hopes that it was the catalyst that would shift the storyline and bring the major players to an endgame of explosive proportions, but I felt I was back to square one with Radiant Shadows The first 100 pages or so were a HUGE borefest I kept nodding off as I trudged through a few pages at a time It wasn t until page 275, that I felt the storyline was finally moving along at a decent pace This book included characters I cared nothing about when all I wanted was a glimpse of my fave of all the fae Keenan, Seth, Aislinn and Donia Seth was the only one that appeared for a few scenes here and there hanging around in the hallway, putting a blanket over a sleeping Devlin, standing behind Devlin in a fight, resting his hand on Sorcha s throne etc And all I got on Keenan was that the Summer King was missing WT I plowed through the entire book searching frantically for some answers on Keenan s disappearance and nothing else was mentioned Very frustrating For those Wicked Lovely fans that are reading these books for Seth fixes and squee moments, save your money and time The only Seth, lip ring, tongue roll action you get is in the last 15 pages For those wanting Keenan lurves, don t bother with this book, because you won t get it I ll give you the rundown so you don t have to labor through this chore of a book One thing Spoiler Alert Okay, here goes Devlin is introduced into the storyline We got a glimpse of him in Fragile Eternity as he was the fairie that almost killed Seth before Sorcha decided to make Seth her plaything Devlin was created by Sorcha order and Bananach discord , as they are his mother sisters and he requires their blood to survive quite bizarre, but that s how it s described He is bound by loyalty to Sorcha where he is her High Court Assassin Fourteen years prior, Sorcha ordered Devlin to kill Ani, who is a hound halfling and part of the Dark Court, but he secretly defied Sorcha s orders and kept her alive About 50 pages summed up for you there A little about Ani She is a Hound that s part of the Dark Court Hounds are born of the Wild Hunt and are creatures that ride the earth drawing out terror, exacting vengeance and unrestrained order and are bound by the Dark Court and their leader Gabriel The Hounds need touch and not emotion to sustain The Dark Court fairies are nourished by swallowing dark emotions caused by the Hunt, as they require emotions and not touch to sustain A little hidden secret though is that Ani, a halfling Hound, needs physical touch and dark emotion as nourishment, which is supposedly not possible, but ultimately can be useful Therefore, Irial begins to experiment on her blood to find a way to sustain the Dark Court fairies in order to replace his Ink Exchange experiment So basically Ani was targeted by Sorcha, but Devlin secretly kept her alive, she s a hound and her blood holds some power and works in mysterious ways That took about half the book to reveal BTW, and there you have it in a short paragraph Shift in storyline Seth returns to the mortal world as part of his deal with Sorcha and in his absence, she wants him back in a bad way She goes into a depression like state sending Devlin to watch over him and she obsesses over Seth s every move I find Sorcha s obsession with Seth twisted to tell you the truth, but that s neither here nor there Anywho during a dream, she comes across Rae, who is a ghost like incorporeal being hidden in Sorcha s Fairie world by Devlin, another secret he kept from Sorcha Using Rae, Sorcha finds she can see Seth in the mortal world through a dreamscape and decides to sleep and dream about Seth until his return, which ultimately begins the decline of the High Court Fairie world Are you shaking your head in disbelief Funny thing that, so was I When Devlin is sent to the mortal world by Sorcha to watch over Seth, he comes across Ani and in their encounter, he gets a taste of Ani s blood and finds it has a sustaining power and hold over him So basically, Sorcha is distracted and sleepy, thus allowing Bananach to make her move, all the while Devlin is keyed into Ani s blood power Saved you another 100 pages of bore Bananach encounters Ani and commissions her to kill Seth and Niall and when she s done with that, Ani must return to Bananach to give her powerful and mysterious blood so she can control the Fairie world Devlin wants to protect Ani, so they take off on a 6 day road trip, where they finally come to a motel, both fall asleep and have a dream invaded by Rae telling Dev they need to head back to Huntsdale and bring Seth back to the Fairie world so Sleeping Beauty Sorcha can wake up The most exciting thing they accomplished on that road trip was that Ani named her steed Barry Woo hoo Here s when the story becomes mildly interesting about page 275 Back at Huntsdale, they find out Bananch killed Ani s sister Tish and now Ani wants Bananach dead, but unfortunately if Bananach dies, BIG REVEALso does Sorcha because they balance each other and as a result, all of the fairie world dies along with So, Devlin vows to protect Ani at the risk of going against his mother sisters Huge spoiler coming Bananch raids Irial s house for Ani, Devlin declares his allegiance and willingness to sacrifice his life to save Ani and Irial is attacked in the crossfire all in a short span of a few pages head spin At the end of this madness, Ani and Devlin form another court to oppose Sorcha s High Court and they have a three way with Rae So now we ve got that Shadow Court, a possible love triangle, and I m still wondering what the HALE happened to Keenan, why is he missing and is Seth s snake being fed while Seth is away Overall, I found most of Radiant Shadows boring and drawn out and I m ready for this series to shift back to the Wicked Lovely storyline I hope Marr is done tinkering with the different courts and causing contrived strife She s overdeveloped the fairie lore, as well as introduced lackluster twists that are suppose to serve as intriguing events I ve got enough information that could have actually been chopped in half, so hopefully she ll bring the storyline back to what originally captivated me Keenan, Aislinn, Donia and Seth I m just glad there is only one book, any than that, and I d be throwing in the towel yawn

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    So, Radiant Shadows was better than Fragile Eternity Just when I thought all the new elements of this faery world had been revealed, Marr presents a bunch of additional characters with new and interesting abilities It really reinvigorated the story and pulled together some pieces I think are going to be important in the final book.Take my conservative rating with a grain of salt The fact that I m still even reading this series when I abandoned 20 YA recently because of a mood change says something about the merit I think it has Compared to other YA, the Wicked Lovely series is strong Compared to my personal tastes atm and the broad array of robust fantasy novels I m reading, it s a little too angsty I m looking forward to seeing how the series ends and imagine it will continue with good quality writing, interesting world, and broody characters.Recommendations Since I said what I meant in the last review, here s a repeat this highly character driven YA Paranormal Romance is something I wish I d continued shortly after reading and loving the first two books Wicked Lovely is one of the strongest in the genre and I still recommend it with gusto to older teens and up If you re in the mood for a YA story as lovely as it is unique, this is the series for you.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at Other books you might like

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    3 out of 10 review in russianDevlin was out of his character I didn t like Ani I liked Rae, though But all this trio thing and we saw it before in this series makes me sick Also, I think Sorcha is a crazy banana And Bananac see the irony is the only person who acts due to her nature The idea with Keenan s disappearance is ridiculous I can imagine how angry I would be while reading the last book Wicked Lovely Wicked Lovely 1 5 Ink Exchange 2 5 Stopping Time 2.5 5 Old Habits 2.6 5 Fragile Eternity 3 5 Radiant Shadows 4 5 Darkest Mercy 5 5 Faery Tales Nightmares Desert Tales

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    AWESOME book excerpt from fangirl e mail I sent to the author while reading her book Melissa, I must tell you I m REALLY REALLY enjoying RADIANT SHADOWS I m in the middle of it this one and you must know how I loved the others but this one is my favorite It s psychologically fascinating, intellectually interesting, the prose is rich and beautiful and spare, and it s such a layered world that is deep and involved because of the reader s knowledge of this world you created set forth in the first three books I m fascinated by Ani, and I m in awe of your AuthorSkill in creating such three dimensional characters showing the reader their PsOV.

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    This book centers around Ani, the head Hound Gabriel s daughter and Devlin, Sorcha and Bananach s brother There is almost no mention of Keenan, Aislinn, or Doniya I don t mind getting to know of the characters and the courts, but it is a bit hard for me to keep it all straight I think they said in the book that Keenan was missing, but I have no idea when that happened I did like seeing about the Hounds and Gabriel s children The idea of the Hound s steeds is pretty interesting They look like motorcycles or cars, but they are alive and can change shape I wish I had a car like that.I don t really like the Sorcha Bananach storyline I think Sorcha is weak, especially when she gets so upset that Seth isn t there that she puts the faeries to sleep Like, he just left you, chill out And Bananach is unnecessarily cruel and why can t they just kill her already There s all these rules that make everything harder than it needs to be and nothing is straightforward I also had a hard time understanding Rae s character Is she dead Why does she share bodies with Devlin all the time Overall, it wasn t a bad story and it went by quickly I ll read the last one because I want to know what happens, but I may need to spend some time on the Wiki page to get things straightened out.

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    One of the biggest things I noticed about Radiant Shadows, if not the first, was that it was lighter than Ink Exchange You wouldn t think anything surrounding the Dark Court could be taken in such a manner But as I closed the cover of the book, I found myself feelingwellhappy This isn t a feeling I normally associate with the Wicked Lovely stand alones, but it just felt so right There s such a feeling of triumph and completion to be had when this book is finished, it s just blissful I couldn t think of a better novel to start the year off with.I ll take this time to admit it, I m a sucker for the antihero, and who could be a better candidate for such a character than a man who is the pure embodiment of logic and war Devlin is such a well crafted character, that throughout the entire novel I wanted nothing than to understand his point of view A need to follow his court, his queen, while at the same time controlling his desires and his heart Following him was an intense ride to say the least.There is a point I d like to make out before I go on a rant about how everyone should read Radiant Shadows While it can be read as a stand alone, I would strongly recommend reading the first three books Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, and Fragile Eternity before picking it up There are many parts of the story that, while irrelevant to the plot, would just make a lot sense with the knowledge of the previous novels.Now to the wicked ones and the lovelies, to the fans of fantasy, to those hopeless romantics, and anyone who is willing I say to you, read this book Melissa s intricate fusion of strong characters and amazing storytelling will transport you to a place that s not too far from home, and still feel out of this world.

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    This was the best one since Wicked Lovely Also the first one since Wicked Lovely to have a decent ending I actually considered not reading it because after reading Fragile Eternity I was pretty upset with the series and just wanted to skip to Darkest Mercy and be done with it I am glad I didnt This is the second book in the series not to focus on Ash, Seth, and Keenan, although Seth was in it quite a bit Books 1, 3, and 5 focus on that aspect of the story, while books 2 and 4 take a bit of a break and focus on other characters Book 2 was easily my least favourite of the series so far And I am reading this series pretty much just for Seth and Ash, so I wasnt sure if I wanted to bother with this one But this is so much better than book 2 I love Devlin He was pretty amazing Sooo much better than Keenan or Irial I hate them Irial was still in this one but not as much and he was portrayed in a better light But I still dont like him But Seth is the best He is delish Great ending and setup for the last book I really hope it has a good ending

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    Seriously, it s ridiculous how much I m enjoying the reread of this series This book in particular I really loved Ani and Devlin are amazing characters and I loved seeing of the world and drama unfold without a focus on Ash and Keenan who were, honestly, starting to annoy me I am obsessed with The Hounds and their Steeds and with Iri Niall and the dark court Give me I don t want to read the next book and have the series be over.

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    My thoughtsOnce again Melissa Marr whisks readers off to a magical world where the veil between Moral and Faerie worlds is thin She uses her writing talents to manipulate readers into falling for, even rooting for, the characters in the story, even when its the villain Radiant Shadows shifts focus from Aislinn and Seth to Ani, daughter of Gabriel and Devlin, the high Queen s Bloody Hands The characters were brilliantly written I felt sympathy for Devlin felt his indecision as he is torn between sisters and his own will Ani proves to be a very strong heroine She struggles to find her place within the hunt and to control the way she feeds Ani s strengths are growing as she becomes less Mortal and Faerie We also meet several new characters who help build the story and keep it interesting The plot of the series continues to develop strongly in Radiant Shadows A large chunk of the story takes place within the Dark Court Readers get to ride along on a hunt, listen in on conversations with the old King and the new one, and live through Ani and Tish There is a fair share of violence in the form of fairy fighting, romance, and new mysteries One of my favorite parts of Radiant Shadows is the introduction of a steed I found myself concerned for its welfare and whereabouts I stumbled a bit through the beginning of the book I would recommend readers to go back and reread the last few chapters of Fragile Eternity before jumping in to Radiant Shadows I had to get re acclimated with the characters, their roles, and relationships to each other If you are new to the series, you need to start at the beginning Their world is too complex to enjoy without having the background from the previous books Fans of this series will not be disappointed with this installment of the series Radiant Shadows held a satisfying ending, but it did leave many questions unanswered I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.

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    As big of a fan as I am of the other books in this series, I didn t immediately jump on this book when I got it I wasn t particularly intrigued about Ani and I didn t know Devlin so the draw to read their story wasn t there initially However, when I picked up the book yesterday and immersed myself back in Marr s world of Faerie, I was completely entranced The book was made all that special by featuring my favorite faeries of books past Niall, Seth and Irial their inclusion and that of the Dark Court made the story much interesting for me Devlin quickly proved himself a character befitting his status as one of my favorites in the series with his strength and loyalty and his ability to question his beliefs when faced with his destiny Ani developed into a wonderful character full of spunk and strength and a unending desire to test her boundaries and restrictions I think she was a brilliant match for Devlin Beyond the main story line there were hints of developments in the story lines of the other courts including a continuing improvement of relations in Niall and Irial s complex relationship, Keenan s role in the Summer Court and Seth s role amongst all of the courts I can t wait to see where it will and lead and what Marr has in store for us next.