Welcome back to another day, another post here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! Great news for those of you following my progress in the Wicked Lovely reading challenge....I've finished books 2 and 3! Whoo-HOO! Currently reading the latest installment of the series, Radiant Shadows....and preparing for the review of this particular title to be featured on Monday, along with the winner of the contest drawing for their very own copy of this book. If you haven't entered yet....there's still time! Check the CURRENT CONTESTS section on the right hand sidebar of your screen for details....now, on with the show!
I read the first book in this series online when the publisher had it available for a week or so in it's entirety. Needless to say, I loved it....thought it was fabulous, and quickly added it to my shopping list for future purchase. Time passed and book releases came and went.....one day I stumble across Fragile Eternity in store and think...WOW! A sequel! I immediately began reading it only to discover I wasn't very familiar with some of the characters being discussed. Come to find out....DOH! Silly me, there was a book in between that although is not required reading, definitely makes the connections and story line flow more consistently...which leads me to the feature for this post. Today's book of choice is....
Wicked Lovely introduces us to the world of faeries, while its focus sits squarely on the Winter Court. (If you are not familiar with the first book or it's been a while since you read it, here's my review as a mini-refresher.) Ink Exchange introduces us more fully to another one of the four courts....the Dark Court. As can be expected by its name, this group of faeries is a far cry from the merriment and frivolity seeking Summer Court. The Dark Court does not grow stronger on peace and joy and revelry. They seek nourishment from fear, lust, anger, and all the atrocities that befall both mankind and faeries alike (hmm, perhaps befall is being too kind as a good portion of the time, they provoke them in their wake)....each of which have a decidedly different taste but are welcomed just the same. In the days of Beira's reign (that would be Keenan's mother and the former Winter Queen), the banquet had been set and nourishment was never out of their reach. Unfortunately (for them), those days are gone and the peaceful times currently being endured are costing them not only in enjoyment but strength. They need the blackness of darker thoughts, actions, and reactions to satiate their appetites...and their king, Irial, has just the plan to accomplish this. To provide a constant flow off emotions to feed not only himself but his court, a new procedure is being experimented with...one that would provide a human conduit of sorts to funnel all the sweetly dark emotions to them. But how or perhaps more daunting...who?
What can I say...I loved it! Dark and mysterious....dangerous and alluring....the Dark Court and it's inhabitants provide for an astonishing look into the inner workings of the blacker natures of some faeries (and humans, can't forget us mortals). Love them or hate them, those that dwell in this shadowy world are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Author Melissa Marr works her magic once again in this tale of Faerie weaving threads of imagination with handfuls of real world darkness. The character she created in Leslie is one that was afflicted due to circumstance but not disabled in mind or spirit. She has come through something terrible to be faced with a less than ideal situation but still uses the choices given to her to exact a path of her choosing. Is it filled with rose petals and rainbows? No. Is it a blissful ignorance where emotion is ignored? Nope. Her path is one that neither leaves her in a state of emotional hibernation nor overrun by feelings of fear and doubt. It is in the real world where bad things can happen to good people and vice versa.
If you've read the series, you know the characters. For this comment creator...tell me your favorite character for better or worse from the books and why you singled them out. The comments are open....
Until next time....happy reading!