Thursday, 13 August 2009

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

"After the terrible events of Ink Exchange, the Dark Court has a new ruler. But will Niall's kindness survive his new responsibility to the most violent of Faerie courts? Meanwhile, Seth and Aislinn attempt to mend their relationship. But Aislinn is the Summer Queen and Keenan is her king -- and as summer approaches, their chemistry sparks. Will Seth's mortality lose him the one thing he loves above all others? As Niall seeks to control his new Court, Aislinn attempts to resist the seduction of summer, and Seth searches desperately for the gift of immortality, a delicate balance is threatened, and a terrible plot is revealed."

Fragile Eternity is the third book in the Wicked Lovely series, and the true sequel to the first book, also titled Wicked Lovely.

Aislinn and Keenan are fighting their mutual attraction, an attraction that's growing strength with their courts. And yet they're both trying to make it work with the people they really love, Seth and Donia. But all that changes when Seth disappears.

Seth wants to spend eternity with Aislnn, rather than grow old and die. To do that he needs to become fey, like Aislinn. His best friend Niall, new king of the Dark Court could help him, but he refuses. So Seth looks elsewhere, in the High Court ruled by the unchanging Sorcha.

Aislinn is left with no clue as to where Seth is, or even if he left voluntarily. Without him around she turns to Keenan for support and he works harder than ever to make her his true queen, turning his back on his Winter Queen, Donia. Aislinn withdraws from the mortal world with Seth no longer there to ground her in it and wonders if she's not just better off giving in to her attraction for her king.

I was looking forward to this book. I really enjoyed the first in the series, Wicked Lovely, and really liked Seth and Aislinn's characters. But I found this book disappointed. Ms. Marr's prose may be beautiful, but I found the writing dragged on a lot at times, and could get very repetitive. Readers don't need to be told multiple times, and with almost the exact words/phrases, withing one chapter that Aislinn is feeling torn between Seth and Keenan, or that Seth is frustrated with still being mortal in Aislinn's new world.

Likewise, Bananach's constant warnings of a war about to start were tiresome and lost any meaning after the first couple times as there was no real sign of it. She's also meant to be scary, called 'war' by many people, but she's yet to do anything to make me see her as such. She shows visions of death and destruction, but actually doing it would have greater effect.

Very little actually happened in this book. It all seemed to be back and forth talk with people changing their minds over and over. I went from really liking Seth before the book, to thinking his strange and not liking him by the end. Aislinn spent the majority of the book either on the verge of tears or in them, as apposed to the stronger girl from the first book. The mother/son relationship that develops between Sorcha and Seth is nothing short of strange and verging on cringe worthy.

By the last third of the book I found myself wanting to skip large sections because it was all the same thing. I wouldn't have missed anything. And the ending? Well there really wasn't one. Almost everything was as it was at the beginning, just slightly tweaked. Aislinn is still torn between her men, Keenan between his women and Seth not truly belonging to any one court but attached to all four. Utterly frustrating after almost 400 pages. I didn't think this would be worse than Ink Exchange, but I think it actually was because characters I originally liked, Seth and Aislinn, I now don't. 4/10

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