Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) By Melissa Marr Review


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.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, 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.


Fragile Eternity, the third novel in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, builds on the premise of the first two, yet forges an entirely new path for itself. 

From the beginning of the series, tensions among the faerie courts were present. But in Fragile Eternity, they have come to the forefront. This political tone of the novel was something completely new and unexpected. It added an extra dimension to the series as a whole. The Summer Court doesn’t want war; they are still weak, despite the presence of Aislinn. The Summer Queen refuses to be more to her King than friends and co-workers which weakens their court. The Winter Court is still powerful and balance must be reached at any cost. This is what is central to Fragile Eternity: the need for balance between the Courts.

The four fairy courts don’t get along with each other, but since there are so many friendships/romances political machinations at work, the interaction between the courts is a constant thing, and is always tricky. Seth, in particular, plays a big role in that as the protagonist of Fragile Eternity, seeing how he has ties to every single court but Winter (and since he’s sort of friends with Donia, I think that one counts, too).

This is a book that is all about character interaction. Which, to me, makes it a book that is very much down to personal taste. Personally, I am not generally a big fan of books that have lots of sitting around and talking. So overall, Fragile Eternity isn’t my favorite book, however I did have fun reading it, and I appreciate the originality of the fairies Melissa Marr writes on.


“Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.” 

“Sometimes being human sucks.” 

“Have you ever tried?"
Then don't tell me I can't.” 

“[Keenan] 'What am I going to do?' He sank to the floor.
[Donia] 'Hope that some of us are kinder to you than you've been to us,' she whispered. Then, before she could soften again, she walked away and left the Summer King kneeling in her foyer.” 

“I was thinking it was worth the risk if it meant forever with my faery girlfriend.”

“I don't know if you realize it or not, but your sudden devotion to her is creepy.”