Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr< My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While you don't need to have read the previous books in the series, it definitely will help keep the different Courts and allegiances straight (although if might be better to read the first books right before reading this one, as distance can make things confusing!).
This is the last of the Wicked Lovely series, and many of the plot lines do get tied up. Not all, which is good because it's nice to have some room for the reader's imagination. All the major characters are here: Ash, Naill, Seth, Irial, Donia, Sorcha, Evan, Leslie, Keenen and so on, but Ms. Marr has also found room for a new one, Far Dorcha, and a minor one, Innis. Actually, I wish we'd seen more of Innis!
In addition to untangling some of the emotional twists and turns, there's also the matter of balance between the Courts themselves and between Faerie and the Courts. After one of those climactic battles that these books always seem to have, that matter gets resolved in an unusual way.
Some of the plot resolutions were obvious, but if things had gone differently the fans of this series would probably be very disappointed. As it is, I sense that those on Team Seth or Team Keenan won't be thrilled with how that triangle gets resolved.
ARC provided by publisher.
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