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May 3, 2009 posted by Nikki

Fragile Eternity – Melissa Marr

Seth wasn’t trying to pretend things were all right.

“I don’t know what happened between you two before tonight but I can probably guess…”

The look Keenan gave him confirmed Seth’s fears.

“Right. Here’s the thing. If she chooses to give you more than her friendship, it’ll suck for me. Probably how you feel now.”

Keenan was motionless, but it was much the same way that caged lions became motionless – sizing you up for weakness. For all their feigning humanity, faeries were something Other. Aislinn was Other, and the longer she was with them, the further away from mortal normalcy she would be.

And from me.

If you liked Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange then you’re going to love this.

Aislinn is Seth’s world. Before Ash came along, Seth never pegged himself for the couple-type. He’d always been happy to cruise along and engage in a little no-strings-attached kind of fun when it suited him. But Ash changed all that. Changed him. Now Ash is Seth’s whole world. She is his everything and he can’t bear the thought of losing her. But as Ash falls further into her role as queen of the Summer Court, it’s a thought that he’s entertained more than once. He can see the connection between his girlfriend and the king of the Summer Court – Keenan – growing stronger the more summer approaches.

And Keenan has noticed, too. Keenan notices nothing but Ash. He watches her every move, doesn’t miss a single bat of her eyelid. The fact that Ash is still with Seth is killing Keenan. He swears his romantic interest in Ash is for the betterment of the court only, but that doesn’t exactly make it any easier for Seth. If Keenan keeps pushing Ash, keeps testing the boundaries with her, will she give into his charming ways? Seth, being the smart, savvy guy that he is, knows all too well that if he doesn’t act now, he’s going to lose his girl.

You won’t believe what he does…

And what about Donia? Poor Don and Keenan have been trying to work things out for ages. Are they ever going to get their stuff sorted, or will Ash and the whole court rivalry thing going to keep them apart always? Donia is one feisty chick that you don’t want to put off side. Is Keenan smart enough to see that, or will he put himself, his queen and his entire court in danger because of his blindness?

I couldn’t possibly write a review of Fragile Eternity without throwing a shout out to Niall. Although his role is sort of secondary, he still manages to throw his bad ass self around, making sure that everyone knows that he’s one fey not to be messed with. Niall’s protectiveness over Seth is more than a little endearing and I can’t help but wonder if perhaps the strength of their relationship that we saw in this novel is a taste of wicked things to come…

Niall, ruler of the Dark Court, you rock my socks off. I can’t wait for more action from you in the future.

Melissa Marr’s faery world is one I love to get lost in. Seth, Aislinn and Keenan are all so alive and real in my heart that I can feel Keenan’s jealousy pulling at my insides, hear Ash’s tears as she weeps for her lost love, and see the desperation painted on Seth’s face as he watches his lover engage with another. The words flow effortlessly across the page and paint a picture so beautiful that its hard to believe they’re just words. There’s not one single part of Fragile Eternity that I didn’t love. The character development is mind blowing, the twists and turns are both tiny and ginormous (and totally surprising, let me add) and even though nothing goes the way I want it to, as I turned the last page I still had a huge smile on my face.

I think the divide between Team Seth fans and Team Keenan devotees will become clearer than ever now. While Melissa Marr lays out a pretty solid case for both her boys, if you were sitting on the fence before Fragile Eternity, I’m willing to lay money on it that you wont be at the end. And I reckon it will be a pretty easy choice, too.

Totally and absolutely brilliant in every possible way!

Rating: : ★★★★★

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15 Comments

  • I cannot WAIT to read this – this is the best review I’ve read of it so far!

  • REALLY? The others were bad??

    Fragile Eternity blew my mind. I couldn’t get enough. It was FAB FAB FABULOUS!

  • Uh… you kind of gave a lot away in that review. Now I feel a little cheated. Watch yourself a bit more in the future.

  • Have you read it? I though the review was kind of cryptic actually. Gives away enough but you actually have no idea what really happens….

  • Cannot wait to get a copy of this, i loved Wicked Lovely, wasn’t to sure about Ink Exchange till i really got into it, and now Fragile Eternity sounds amazing. Great review, just gave the write amount of stuff away to make us interested 😀

  • I’m sneaky like that 😛

    Check back in with us when you’ve read it. We’ve got a killer conversation full of analysis going on over on the forum!

  • ugh i believe she gave enough away to make readers want to read but people who’ve kept up with the novels know what happens if they’ve read this review. and i too feel cheated.

  • what exactaly is she giving a way Ionesome?

    cause i read it and the review and she not giving anything away. the big major spolier isnt there and she didnt really touch on Sorcha at all.
    yet alone War or the don and keenan or or or!

    alot happens in the book. she really didnt give anything away.

  • Will there be a book 4? This isn’t the final book is it? I just finished it and it has been a fabulous series so far.

  • there will be a book 4 and this is the best book in the series by far. i love how it’s like politics for faeries!

  • i love this series…one of my favorite!
    the story was really good…i really like seth’s character…and niall too!

  • I didn’t this book was all that good. It didn’t really pull me in. But I do wanna say I absolutely hate Seth. I’m a team Keenan i guess..

  • who did you think was the obvious choice in the end? keenan? because he’s pretty b.a. :)

  • I loved your review Nikki. This was the first Faerie series I read and it took me a while to get used to the concept but Melissa Marr certainly knows how to write about it.

  • This review is the best one ever read by me. Its just mindblowing

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