Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #4
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 20, 2010
Hardcover: 340 pages
Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.
Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
The Wicked Lovely series has held my interest by how all the characters play important roles. Radiant Shadows continues to do so by focusing on Ani and Devlin and how their choices may change Faerie for the good or bad. The backstory of Ani is revealed and questions are slowly answered. As much as I enjoyed this book I did feel like it was a bit...dry. I didn't feel like it was something I wanted to stay up all night to read. I think it's because I'm so set into the whole Ash, Kennan, and Seth thing going on that I don't want to read about any one else.
Ani was first introduced in Ink Exchange and I didn't think much of her. This book really shined more light on Ani and the struggles she's going through to survive. Ani is a halfling of the Dark Court and must feed off of both emotions and touch. She's a new breed that can feed from faeries as well as mortals, but is starved of both touch and emotions from the protection of her father, Gabriel. Ani is daring and impulsive. She's also caring as well as impulsive which makes her unpredictable.
Melissa Marr does such a great job at entwining the stories of different characters. When I read the synopsis I wasn't sure how Devlin had anything to do with Ani or even how they knew each other. The consequences of Devlin's past is now catching up to him and it involves Ani. I really don't like spoilers so I won't go into it too much, but Devlin made some choices that saved Ani's life and changed his future.
Even though Radiant Shadows was more focused on Ani and Devlin it became one of my favorites because of the strong character developments. The story continues to turn from page to page and as usual, Melissa Marr has left me wanting more. I will be continuing the series by reading the last book, Darkest Mercy.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5