Melissa Marr’s third installment to the Wicked Lovely
series doesn’t disappoint. As the characters deal with questions of love and choice, gain and loss, their ultimate decisions set up the initial threads that may lead to an eventual war among the faery courts.Fragile Eternity
shifts its focus back to the Summer Court and the conflicts among Ash, Seth, Keenan, and Donia. The first book concludes with Aislinn becoming the Summer Queen, while trying to maintain her ties to the mortal world by going to school with her friends and continuing her relationship with Seth. However as the saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. In book two, Aislinn was unable keep her friend Leslie safe from this faerie world, and in this book she runs the risk of losing Seth, the person she loves and trusts the most.
A majority of the book is seen from Seth’s perspective, and the reader gets to see beyond the glossed persona Aislinn’s pov depicts in Wicked Lovely: the perfect friend/lover… kind, patient, and understanding. In Fragile Eternity
, Seth’s love for Aislinn borders on obsession laced with jealousy. He sees the connection between Ash and Keenan getting stronger as summer approaches, and he can’t bear it. He’s afraid of losing her or letting her go. He hates the fact that her life is eternal, whereas his is fragile, finite. Seth wants more: He wants to become a faery. When Bananach, the War faery offers him the chance to achieve his desires, he takes it, leaving Aislinn behind. Through Seth’s choice, the reader’s introduced to the faeries of the High Court, namely Sorcha, the High Queen and sister of Bananach, and their brother Devlin, Sorcha’s enforcer.
The rest of the book describes Keenan attempting to maintain the strength of his court, no matter what the cost—be it potentially destroying his already fragile relationship with Donia, the Winter Queen or by keeping secrets from Aislinn.
I can’t help but love reading about these characters. Each is flawed, but their problems and inner conflicts draw me in, wondering how they’ll overcome the obstacles that come their way.