Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely Series #3) by Melissa Marr
Synopsis: 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.
Alright, I have to admit, and I'm sorry, but...this had to be the slowest and worst of the four books out. It started out OK, with Seth trying to gain votes to travel into Faerie and ask Sorcha (the High Queen) to turn him into a faerie so he could be with Aislinn forever, but once he got into Faerie, it dragged on. Marr flipped to Sorcha's point of view and Aislinn's, like she has in other books. Sorcha's point of view was dull until she developed emotions towards Seth and started feeling. Aislinn's point of view was bugging me, though. She was wondering whether she should give up on Seth after he disappeared or go with Keenan, who was luring her to him ever so slightly. And her final decision had be glowering at the book and refusing to pick it up until I had to know how it ended.
Seth is an amazing character who looks at everything so differently than others. He loves Aislinn to the utmost extreme and does everything he can to be with her, including traveling to Faerie to become a faerie himself. He doesn't care that she is a Faerie Queen and is immortal, also that she's destined to be with Keenan because he is her immortal king and partner forever. Don't you think that would put a damper on the situation? No! Not to Seth, that is. He travels to Faerie, approaches the Faerie Queen, and asks her to turn him into a faerie. And he waits. For Aislinn. But what does she do?
In this book, Aislinn is indecisive. Of course, she has to deal with her own immortality, Seth's mortality, and Keenan's intrigues, but she could at least have faith in Seth. When he leaves, she spirals into uncertainty and can't think straight without thinking of Seth and where in Faerie he could be. Keenan talks to her, tempting her to turn away from all hope of Seth returning, and to join him fully to restore their kingdom. Okay, Aislinn, you go ahead and do that while Seth is turning in his mortality for you. The least she could do was have faith, but Aislinn wasn't my favorite part of the book. That was Sorcha.
Sorcha is the oldest character besides Bananach (her evil sister). She's the Queen of Reason, the High Queen, Logic, Truth, Light and the Unchanging Queen. That is until Seth comes to her, asking for immortality to be with his Summer Queen girlfriend. Sorcha has heard of Aislinn and ponders his question. Finally, she gives him his immortality, taking part of his mortality in exchange. That changes her. She starts to feel emotions and feelings. Mostly towards Seth. I loved Sorcha's transformation throughout the book and she became on of my favored characters in the books. That is besides Bananach and Donia. Who were, by far, my favorite characters.
The next couple of books in the series are mostly leading up to the big battle between the courts that is sure to happen. You learn from each courts point of view the impact that Keenan's choosing Aislinn has made. Bananach is the major villain in these books and is insane/crazy/totally creepy. Which is why I like her. Not saying that I am insane/crazy/totally creepy. She's out for blood and war and will do anything to provoke it. But the other courts know Bananach and her cravings and choose to ignore her presence. But what they can't ignore is her promotions. And those are saying that war is coming. This is why I finished the book and moved on to the next one and am highly anticipating the last book, coming out February 2011, as I've said before.
Overall, I thought Fragile Eternity was the slowest one of them all, mostly building suspense between courts for the next two books. Seth was amazing; Aislinn was bothersome; Keenan was unrelenting; Sorcha was one of my favorites and I loved how she changed; and Bananach was by far the greatest character of Faerie. To me. Marr has created another good tale in Faerie, although I have to say that her others were better.