Title: Fragile Eternity
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
Original Date Started: December 13, 2013
Original Date Finished: December 20, 2013
Format: ebook from the digital library
Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen. Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined. Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
So after the crazy, drug induced haze that was Ink Exchange I always have issues getting onto book 3 of this series. But, with it’s familiar characters – Aislinn, Seth, and Keenan – I was a little bit more excited to read this book. The courts are in turmoil. Aislinn and Keenan are adjusting to their new roles. Doria is adjusting to her new role and her unrequited love for Keenan that really isn’t all that unrequited. Keenan is reeling from the loss of Niall as he became the new King of the Dark Court. And then there is the other queen. The queen of all faerie, Sorcha who is siblings to War who is biting for blood. Then there is Seth who is neither completely mortal – he is now Gifted with the Sight – nor faerie as he tries to hold onto Ash who is being pulled to her King. I’m usually not a fan of love triangles in YA, but this one I think I can make an exception for. Ash is in love with Seth, but she has a duty to be a queen, and because of her relationship with a mortal she is limiting her King and their Court. It’s an intriguing twist that at the moment has no satisfying conclusion.
On one hand, I want Ash to be with Keenan just to forgo the inevitable pain she will feel when Seth dies and because she shouldn’t really want to turn Seth into a faerie. But on the other, Seth gets Ash in a way that I think Keenan really doesn’t. I mean, yes, Ash is Keenan’s Queen, but his heart is elsewhere. However, the fact that Seth had to go to Sorcha to become a fae makes me concerned. The way this guy was acting after the change occurred makes me itchy. He is acting like a fealty sworn member of Sorcha’s court and not his usual smart self.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a lot better than it’s two predecessors, because it expanded on the end of events of Wicked Lovely, and showed the true fallout from Ink Exchange. I’m curious to know what happens with the whole Keenan/Ash/Seth/Doria square now that Seth is back and changed and told Ash the truth about where he was and that Keenan knew the whole time.
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