Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely Series #5)

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely Series #5)

by Melissa Marr


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The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061659270
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Series: Wicked Lovely Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 134,708
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.

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Darkest Mercy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 446 reviews.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
DARKEST MERCY, by Melissa Marr, is the final book in the Wicked Lovely series. The previous books lead up to a action-filled, suspenseful, and romantic ending to the series. No character was safe in this book. The faeries that I got to know and love throughout the series were tested to their limits against the prospect of a fight against War. I liked the multiple POV structure of this book. Marr weaved her characters in and out of each other's lives to create an amazing web of intrigue and suspense. The pressure of the Courts to be strong overwhelmed the reagents, and I was curious to see how far they would all go to protect their fey. The love quadrangle between Ash, Keenan, Seth, and Donia supplied some heavy sexual tension. Marr definitely tortured her characters through their decisions, and in turn I, as the reader, was tortured! Some incredible events transpired just between these characters but it was astonishing and such a perfect path laid for these characters which I never saw coming. My only disappointment was the ending of this series. I will always pick up a book that Marr writes and these books will stay in my library for a long time. It is sad to see the end but I am very pleased with the result. A cover note: How GORGEOUS is the cover? The Wicked Lovely Series has always been know for its great covers but I think this one blows them all away. That flower and the colors make this book one to pick up even if you have not read the series. Major props to the art department on this one
Becca71 More than 1 year ago
Having read Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5) by Melissa Marr the fifth and final chapter in the wicked Lovely series I have to say nothing turned out quite like I expected. First several characters were killed which I didn’t see coming. Then several characters changed roles and did unexpected things. All in all a really interesting and explosive way to end the book series and well done. In this final book we find that the fairies from all the courts must find a way to work together to overcome one fairy who by shear defiance has called herself queen and is out to destroy all that is and will be. But working together could prove harder then expected when discord and unseen obstacle keep getting in the way of saving what each values. Melissa Marr has a way of capturing your attention from first word to last and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen when you turn the page. For nothing is as it seems and with each new discovery comes the knowledge that people aren’t what they seem and they hold more secrets then you can think to imagine.
Abi Hall More than 1 year ago
terilhack More than 1 year ago
The ending of a great series is always hard to read for me. There is the apprehension ow staring it since you know that it is the last, combined with the longing you have held o see what happens to your characters in the first place as you have waited. Darkest Mercy is the final book in the Wicked Lovely series. In it's pages we come to massive story conclusions and lost characters, intertwined with found love and court changes. New characters are introduced, and old beloved characters are changed forever. There were jubilant times, and teary pages. Darkest Mercy was an amazing conclusion from Melissa Mar. At the last page the story ending felt completed and some characters are moving onto new paths, but it felt good to finish. The loose end weight was lifted from m shoulders and I could set the book down feeling good. If you enjoyed the Wicked Lovely series so far, you will love the finished story. Marr weaves an amazing story with enough love and tragedy to cut it with a knife, and yet the finished product still leaves you with a satisfied sigh. The characters interactions were all well played out and described. A great conclusion to an epic series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series so sad it is ending!
moppety on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of "Darkest Mercy" while Melissa Marr participated in the "SmartChicks Kick it Tour". Many, many thanks to Melissa and all of the authors. There will be no spoilers here.Mercy is the fifth and final book in the "Wicked Lovely" series. Quite a tall order to fill, to wrap up all of the story lines from the four previous books, and Mercy took that challenge head-on with gusto.I continue to adore Melissa's writing. Her world is richly researched and ferociously beautiful. All of our old "friends" play a part, and the new characters are intriguing, sometimes terrifying. Every character faces life-changing choices, and that theme is a major force in the book. No matter what, there is always a choice.Well done. Very well done.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this whole series and it goes out on a definite bang. Just what I wanted - a "fairy tale" ending. My only regret is that there are no more stories with Aislinn and the rest of the gang. Maybe someday Melissa. Conan-Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes once upon a time...
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I got this book in the mail, I will totally admit to squealing! I am beyond in love with this series so I could not wait to read the final book. I was a little sad since I knew once I was finished I would not get to go in this world again, but I knew the book would be amazing so I curled up in my favorite chair and began reading.I think I am going to have a hard time putting everything I feel about this book into words because it was just that good. Melissa¿s books are so beautifully written I get lost in the language and the way all of them seem to flow so easily.On the brink of war, every fae in Huntsdale has something they are fighting for and I don¿t think there is anyone who comes out completely unscathed in some way. Which made the story realistic, no one gets through a war of this magnitude without repercussions. Melissa has done such an amazing job of bringing life to so many characters, you cannot help but grow found of them! The downside: it sucks when they get hurt and since they are in a war, they do get hurt.The format of this book shifts point of views quite a bit, which I thought was really interesting. As a reader, you get to experience life through the eyes of some familiar characters and some not so familiar characters. I know it sounds like it might be confusing, but it really isn¿t. You get a well rounded reading experience this way and it makes the story richer. The reader gets to view the climax of this series from so many angles that you feel as though you are there experiencing it as well.The craziest thing to me was the ending, which of course I will not share, but when you read it I think you will get what I mean. Melissa is brilliant! As soon as I read the final pages I was immediately taken back to my first thoughts on Wicked Lovely. The way Melissa has weaved all these story lines together is flawless and it is amazing to watch all the pieces just fall into place and fit.If you are a fan of this series like I am, I think you will love this last installment as much as I have. It exceeded my expectations and after I read it I literally hugged the book because I was so sad to see it end. Melissa did a fantastic job of bringing this series to a close. I know I will be re-reading this series again to pick up on hints I think I missed the first time through and that is when I know I truly loved a book. So thank you Melissa for a beautiful and enchanting series. I am sad to see it end, but was thrilled to be along for the ride.Language Love:¿He leaned back for a moment to tug her shirt down her arms, with the same wicked, lovely smile that had first stolen her breath years ago.¿No, I am not going to tell you who the characters involved in this scene are, but I will explain why I like this quote. I have noticed that the titles of Melissa¿s books seem to work their way into the text and when they do it is always in a clever way. This is a feature I have enjoyed throughout this series, so I thought I would spotlight one. Plus I just think this one is really sweet!
TheRavenousReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah! Sweet DARKEST MERCY. It was a bittersweet moment when I selected this book to read knowing that it would be the last in the WICKED LOVELY series. How does one say goodbye to a series that is so amazingly compelling? One that hosts the darkness that we cannot shy away from while revealing the promise of hope? I only know that once I began this concluding novel that I could not stop until the last word was consumed. As the DARKEST MERCY continues we find old enemies, lovers and friends together again. Bananach has gained unfathomable strength and her agenda is WAR and she will stop at nothing until she gets it. Meanwhile the ruling monarchs are preparing for the inevitable battle as they try to strengthen their courts, protect their fae and face their own personal demons.While reading the DARKEST MERCY I understood why this series is so dear to me. Simply put, I adore all if it's characters and the brilliant world that is their stage. I can never get enough of Niall and Irial (love them) and even the wicked Bananach for she is the ultimate bad ass. And Aislinn's final transformation from fragile human to a true faery monarch was captivating. While the introduction of the death faery's lent to the eerie wickedness that is hallmark to this series. The combination of all these fascinating characters and all their lives converging as the ultimate battle for blood and love is fought is one of the best stories I have read in a while. I could not be happier for how everything turned out but i will not go into details for I think everyone should experience this story on their own.In the final installment to the Wicked Lovely series Melissa Marr has created a spell binding story that is beautiful and brutal, laced with heartache, despair and deception. But above all, she has written an unforgettable tale of love. Thank you, Melissa for all the times your books have entertained and enthralled me. I am fan forever and cannot wait for whatever adventure you take me on next time.
sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a spectacular ending to a series that I absolutely enjoyed. The characters are still great and full of emotion and passion and even with so many appearing in one story I was enthralled.The conclusion of the Wicked Lovely series focuses on all of the faery courts and their efforts to "bulk up" so to speak before having to take on War. Each court and their regent has a very distinct personality and together they are wonderful. The conclusion has so many twists and emotional turns that it kept me guessing and unprepared for everything that happened next. Great Conclusion.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was a point during my reading of Darkest Mercy when I thought that Marr was going to take the 'final' part of this series a bit too seriously. Luckily, she shies away from going quite that far (which I suppose some might see as a cop out, but I definitely didn't). Instead, we get some fascinating insight into what's probably the best book in the Wicked Lovely series. Our main fairy characters finally come into their own, as does Seth. They become more well rounded than previously, probably because we get to see all three courts acting together and there's both conflict and resolution. I enjoyed this series, because the books were fun, and it was really rewarding to have Darkest Mercy be the final book in the series. Marr ends the series on a stressful, but high, note.
AyleeArgh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In short: The final book in the Wicked Lovely series, Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr, is a satisfying finale and the most action-packed and intense book yet. Keenan becomes more tolerable.Darkest Mercy was a truly satisfying finale to an involved series. It had tons of interesting plot developments and twists that made reading very quick and easy. It was definitely the most action-packed and fast paced of the series yet which was refreshing because one of my main complaints from the previous books in the series was that there was a lot of talk about the end of the world but very little action to back it up. The main drama of the previous reads was focused on the relationships. In Darkest Mercy, we get both relationship drama and action to create a truly intense read.In Darkest Mercy, the reader gets to read from the point of view of a record total of eight different characters, including three that we hadn't heard from before in the previous books. This brings the total number of unique character point of views to fourteen! Quite a feat, especially because I never got confused or had difficulty distinguishing between so many different voices. If you're interested, here is the breakdown of the characters featured in each of the books (may be spoilery so highlight to read):Wicked Lovely: Aislinn, Keenan, DoniaInk Exchange: Leslie, Niall, IrialFragile Eternity: Aislinn, Seth, Donia, SorchaRadiant Shadows: Ani, Devlin, RaeDarkest Mercy: Aislinn, Seth, Keenan, Donia, Niall, Far Dorcha, Gabriel, ChelaI'm still left with quite a few questions about faery mythology after Darkest Mercy. I'm the kind of person who likes tons of details and world building in everything I read so I was a bit disappointed that I still had a lot unanswered at the end. If you're not one of these people who is so obsessively involved in knowing every little detail about the mythology in a book then this probably won't bother you.The characters in the Wicked Lovely series were ones that I had a hard time relating to. I almost feel like they were too "cool" for me with their multiple piercings, tattoos, motorbikes, and cigarettes. I'm just a simple nerd, a square really. And yet, I found that I really came to care for and love (almost) all of them. I'm probably going to miss Seth and his quirked eyebrow the most. He's a very easy character to love. And I don't think I mentioned this earlier but he lives in a train house! I mean, how cool is that?! I wish I lived in a train house.And of course, I wouldn't be able to write a review for a book in this series without mentioning Keenan. In previous reviews, I've made sure everyone knew my loathing for him, calling him a plethora of things, including fake, manipulative, selfish, a prick, and a dick. He is able to redeem himself in Darkest Mercy which leads me to sympathize with his character a bit more than in the previous books but I have to say, I still dislike him on a whole. When faced with the decision between his court or his true love, there is only one clear choice that he could've made to make me like him and he took way too long to settle on it.
xtastethesky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title: Darkest MercyAuthor: Melissa MarrPublisher: HarperCollinsPublishersFormat: ARCLength: 327pgsRating: 5/5The time has arrived (or almost at least) for the Wicked Lovely series finale. I got extremely lucky a few weeks ago. As you know I went to the Smart Chicks Kick It tour, and got to meet a bunch of authors, one of those authors was the fantastic Melissa Marr, author of the Wicked Lovely series, as well as an upcoming novel Graveminder.At each stop of the Smart Chicks tour she gave away a copy of the last book in the Wicked Lovely series, Darkest Mercy, and I was one of the lucky ones to win a copy!So, because I promised that I wouldn¿t write anything with a summary or say anything spoilery, (which, I would never want to do anyway, it would ruin it for all the other readers out there, and that¿s just not cool) this will be short and sweet.Darkest Mercy picks up were Radiant Shadows left off (to read my review on Radiant Shadows click here), and the plot just takes off from there. This novel is probably one of the absolute best series finales I¿ve ever read. Once this novel is released I¿ll have to write a ¿Part 2¿ review so that I can talk about specifics, but just know that Darkest Mercy does not disappoint. As a reader from the very beginning, I was extremely satisfied with the ending. It felt very complete, and when it comes to a series finale, you can¿t ask for anything more.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I would have enjoyed this more if I'd read all the other books more recently - I know I lost some of the emotional impact through distance from the characters. This was a satisfying conclusion, if anything, things were ties up a little too neatly. Each character from the previous books was accounted for, except those locked in Faerie.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have made no secret that the Wicked Lovely Series has been my favorite of all time. Wicked Lovely is my number one favorite book. It was the first novel I had ever read where the faeires were dark and mean and twisted and I loved it! No other book I've read has come close to capturing their world the way she has created it. That being said, there were some books in the series I liked better than others. Wicked Lovely was my favorite, but it might be replaced by Darkest Mercy. This was a beautiful story that wove all the threads left behind from all the other books and tied the knot. Old characters came back, some new characters were added and the old battle with War final came to a showdown. The twists and turns while you saw them coming had twists and turns you could never see coming because you didn't know they could happen. But this is a faery tale and all things are possible. Even Keenan returning. (Grrr)! But he is a little more likable in this story. Seth is there in a predicament of his own. And Aislinn trying to keep things together.The final showdown is so chaotic that I had to keep rereading to make sure I knew what was going on. Who was where and what had happened if anything to my beloved characters. The aftermath is bittersweet and surprising. This is where the stranger especially comes in to play. And that's it. It's all I'm going to say because I'm not going to ruin the story for anyone. It's amazing and very complete and must have been very difficult for Melissa to write. But she did such a great job and I am so happy that I didn't have to wait for my preordered copy to come. I will reread it because I got it yesterday and read it in one night. No way was I going to bed without knowing the ending. And the final pages were a huge surprise and so befitting who they were about I almost laughed except they were done out of love. I will say there is a lot more romance in this final book, but there would have to be because of the conflicts between Seth, Ash, Keenan and Donia. But it's not detailed, just very fitting.I am such a huge fan of Melissa Marr's work. I know Graveminder comes out in June and I believe she has another trilogy she's writing totally unrelated to this series. I'd love to have her creativity and imagination. But, instead, I will settle for reading the worlds and characters she creates and the stories she weaves so magically. If you like faeries and haven't read this series, what are you waiting for? I think it sets the standard by which I measure all other stories about faeries. Oh, and the cover is much better when you see it in person!
thetearose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this last book in Marr's series. Satisfying conclusions and happy endings were had by all, with an added bonus that Marr isn't afraid to change the rules in Fairy, and that good people can die. Keenan, the Summer King, actually got to prove that he isn't as self-absorbed and flighty as he has been in the entire series, and we got to see the dark and crazy side of Niall. All in all, a very good read.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, if you haven't read the first books in this series, do not start with this one. Trust me on this. Melissa Marr is an expert at building tension, at weaving hints and teasers into her stories, and at creating such a detailed world, you don't want to skip a second of it. And if you start with the last book in the series, you'll know too much and miss out on the delicious anticipation and wonderment that comes when you get to know a world and those who occupy it.This story picks up right where RADIANT SHADOWS left off. War is on the rampage, Death walks the streets, Summer and Dark Courts are weakened, and Faerie is sealed to those who wish to enter--or leave. Bananach, fully enjoying her role as War, is more powerful than she has ever been, and the Courts are far too weak to defeat her on their own. It seems hopeless.Throughout this series, we've been introduced to each Court and the major players in the world of the Fae. In DARKEST MERCY, all those players are in one place, manipulating each other, forming alliances, and fighting for the survival of their respective Courts and the fate of all the Fae. As I read, I envisioned Melissa Marr weaving her coiled skeins of threads together into a multi-layered story rich with details and color.Tangled, twisted, and definitely bittersweet, DARKEST MERCY delivers as the final WICKED LOVELY book.
StaceyMacWrites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The journey is finally over for those of the Wicked Lovely series and Melissa Marr sure did let us go with a bang. Phew. I have to admit my reluctance to even read this final installment of the spectacular series. I couldn't come up with how Melissa would do it, tie it all up and keep me happy. I can be a bit hard to please when I form certain attachments to characters, especially when these characters are conflicting and I know there are losses to be made. Being the end of the series meant Melissa had one chance to do it and one chance to leave me feeling at least content with the final product. Well, she did it. Brilliantly.Darkest Mercy kept pace with the other books in the series offering short moments of clarity and answers in between lots of action filled subplots. This had to be the most complex of all of the action I have previously seen. Yes, seen. I didn't just read Darkest Mercy, I saw it, like every book before it. All of the characters of Darkest Mercy were as they were in the previous novels. Aislinn, Donia, Keenan, Niall, Irial, Seth and Sorcha, all still flawed, multidimensional and not without struggle. It is the previous struggles and the sometimes selfish acts of these characters that got them to where they needed to be. Aislinn's growth. Keenan's ability to earn Aislinn and Donia's respect. Seth's strength to stand against those who could have killed him and be the Faerie he was meant to be. Donia's attempt to push personal feelings aside to see where the greater good of her court and others lay. It was all there, for our taking and it lay the foundation for this final incredible installment.Melissa Marr didn't only give us one more enchanting novel she gave us closure to a very meticulously woven story. Darkest Mercy in the end wasn't just fighting the battle of one or two courts. Darkest Mercy was a war of courts, emotions, and power of all of the courts and all of the main characters. Darkest Mercy can and does stand on it's own but I recommend you take a look at the previous books in the series if you haven't done so already. This is a tale that Melissa doesn't cheat us on and you shouldn't cheat yourself of it either.Cover: 5 Characters: 5 Plot: 5 Re-readable: Yes!Overall: 5+ On The Cover: All of the covers of the Wicked Lovely series are equally as pretty but this final cover is quite stunning. The girl, what we can see of what the girl is wearing, the flower in the palm of her hands. I love it!
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally an end to this series. This was a good book that wrapped everything up nicely. I kind of felt like it was a long time coming.
graceschumann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my least favorite of all the wicked lovely books. I especially hated the ending. There was so much else she could have done with the ending of the series but this book was drawn-out and boring and half of it was pointless. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put them down!
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book took me through a wide range of emotions. I'm sad to say I spent most of it sort of angry with Keenan. I'm very glad he pretty much redeemed himself by the end. I also spent a good portion of the book being angry with Niall which was hard for me because I actually loved Niall's character. I'm surprised I didn't see what was going on with him sooner. I'm very pleased with how things worked out for all of my favorites (Keenan, Ash, Donia, Seth, Niall and Leslie) but I'm also very sad at some of the losses we had to face in this book. I anxiously started &quot;Desert Tales&quot; as soon as I finished, because I just wanted more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spent a lot of money and time on this series and I can't believe how lame this ending is... Wow I don't even want to finish reading it.