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February 22, 2010 posted by Nikki

Radiant Shadows – Melissa Marr

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?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Sorcha is mourning Seth’s absence. She’s the unchanging queen and she isn’t supposed to mourn, but still Sorcha does. She frets for Seth’s safety and agonizes that she cannot see him when he is in the mortal world. So Sorcha sends Devlin, her brother and loyal servant, to Huntsdale to check on him, to stay with him in case he should need anything. Little does she know that upon his arrival in Huntsdale, an event takes place that will change Devlin’s path for the rest of eternity.

When Devlin sees Ani in the club, his heart stops short. He’s seen that face before, and as magnificent and beautiful as she is, he knows things about her past that could break her innocent little heart. Not that knowing that stops him in the slightest. When Ani lays her eyes on Devlin, and decides that she wants him for herself, Devlin realizes that although he’s lived a lifetime of loneliness, his future doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. The only problem is, they can’t really be intimate, if you know what I mean, or they risk the possibility of Ani sucking the life right out of Devlin. Who wants to kill the one they love?

Ani is reckless and restless. That would be the hound in her, though, and is to be expected. She’s got spunk and just the right amount of attitude, but that’s not all she’s got. Even though she doesn’t realize it yet, Ani is special. So special that Bananach – Sorcha’s crazy (and evil) sister – wants her blood all for herself. As we all well know, Melissa Marr doesn’t write happily ever after fairy tales, and things don’t play out smoothly for Ani. Hearts are broken, loves are lost, relationships are forged, bruised and battered, and truths will shatter the Earth from the inside out.

Although I found it a little slow on the uptake, I now see that those chapters were necessary to lay the foundations for what shaped up to be a spectacular, gut-wrenching read. Radiant Shadows is exceptional in every way, and I’ve come to expect nothing less from this phenomenal story-teller. Marr’s characters are deep, tortured, and believable in every possible way. Their faces are burned to the insides of my eyelids, their voices ring out loudly through my ears. It’s as if they’re really my friends, instead of a bunch of fictional people that I obsessively follow in their pursuits.

The Wicked Lovely world is definitely one of my favorite places to visit. Radiant Shadows does not disappoint.

Pages: 340

Publication Date: April 20, 2010

Rating:: ★★★★½

Teaser Quote:

“Go upstairs Ani.” Irial swung his feet to the floor. He didn’t glance her way. His attention was all for the Dark King now. “Tell me what you think I should have done differently, Niall. I spent the night talking and giving her a safe place to rest. I gave her the nourishment she can’t find elsewhere without compromising her already absent virtue.”

The Dark King didn’t respond.

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  • Ohhh my gosh Nikki. This makes me want the book even more now. Ahhh! Dark Courk. Niall. Idrial. I’m so excited!

  • I actually prefer the Tattoo Faeries books to the Wicked Lovely series, and this one looks even better than Ink Exchange (:
    I just wish one character could have a happy ending at some point :L I know they’re meant to be tortured and angsty etc, but it would be nice if not everybody in Melissa Marr’s books got trampled on by love… :( I still love her though xD
    & Irial’s back! Loved him in Ink, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about him in RS… =)

  • Iam SO excited about this book, it is definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2010. I recently lent my books to a friend, she has already read the first and is currently devouring Ink Exchange. I have had a CONSTANT stream of messages from her since she turned the first page of Wicked Lovely. Spreading the word of Marr is always fun. I cant wait to be thrust into the world of Radiant Shadows, it’s the resurfacing Im not looking forward to!

  • I’m not exactly sure why but I’ve always thought it would be cool if Niall turned out to be gay… or meet someone who was exactly like me and fell head over heels. What? He’s awesome. Can’t wait!

  • Alice – its my understanding that Niall is bisexual.

  • YAY! I’m even happier! Niall is so the man. He is my bisexual hero. Squee!

  • I almost wet myself at the mention of Irial. I KNEW that he’d be in this book!!!!! KatieQ I soooooo agree with you-
    Iri, Niall and Dark Court = a good time.
    In Fragile Eternity I was soo upset that Iri wasn’t in it but at least Niall was. Although In Fragile a certain sentence made me jump up and down (literally. all the people on my train looked at me like I was loony)

  • I just heard that fifth book (with Ash, Keenan & Seth) is going to be called… Darkest Mercy. Ooh… Somehow after hearing that, I won’t be expecting a happy ending to come along anytime soon… That sounds downright gloomy.:L

  • OMG! I loved this book! Devlin was (and is) such an interesting character! I could not put this book down! I also loved Nial and Ani it was interesting to see things from the dark courts perspective can’t wait for the next book!

  • I’m eagerly awaiting Darkest Mercy, though I can’t help but feel a little sad that it’s the last in the series :(
    Melissa Marr made me a book addict, seriously!

  • I’ve read a lot of YA books, but this series definitely beats them all. It’s nothing like the routine love-triangle stories, and there aren’t really any conflicts with blatantly obvious solutions. She clearly put a lot of thought into what happens and that leaves us with a great story. I find a lot of YA books to have pretty predictable story lines, but this one had me guessing through every book. I love the way she made every character someone you could relate to, even the “bad” characters. She lets the readers see the good in most every character, even the “bad” ones. Which keeps you from actually hating any of them. Except maybe Bananach. But all the characters are very well built and continue to grow throughout the story. I also like how she shifts perspective in every book.
    Anyway, it’s just a super good series and I can’t wait until whoever has checked the last one out from the library returns it. Because I’ll be there in a heartbeat. I need to know what happens!

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