Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Summary: The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

Review: I just finished this book and I had to write a review of it ASAP. Darkest Mercy might be my new favorite in this series because Melissa ends everything very well, but the story itself isn't all rainbows and butterflies. Some really good characters die and I felt a blow from every one of the deaths. It hurt to read some of these characters literally walk to their own demise, but it had to happen and I understand that. I like how Melissa wrote the battle scene against War. It wasn't every court is fighting all at once from the beginning. The courts come in shifts. I liked that because she was able to write the entire battle over multiple chapters without it being dull. First, the Darkness fights against War. Then, the Summer arrives. Finally, the Cold. And in doing that, we can see how each King/Queen feels when they enter the battle. The end made me want to stop reading though. Right at the end of the battle my heart just couldn't handle it. I did manage to push through to the end of the book, but it was very hard. Darkest Mercy wrapped everything up very nicely and I am very happy to have had the pleasure of reading this fantastic series.

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