Title: Fragile Eternity
Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Genre: Teen, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Wicked Lovely.
Aislinn has been doing her best to fulfill her new role as the queen of the Summer Court of faeries. However, she’s had an increasingly difficult time with her king, Keenan. Though she is eternally bonded to him and knows that her court would be much stronger if she was with him, she is still in love with Seth, her human boyfriend. But Aislinn must put these romantic concerns aside as tensions among the faerie courts begin to ramp up. Can Aislinn keep the peace, or will relations degrade into war?
Fragile Eternity, the third novel in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, builds on the premise of the first two, yet forges an entirely new path for itself. The first novel focused on Aislinn’s rise to Summer Queen and the second (Ink Exchange) on one of Aislinn’s mortal friends who attracted the attention of the Dark Court. While the third does focus on Aislinn’s preoccupations with her love life (which can be tedious), it also broadens the scope of the books and sets the stage for the last two novels in the series.
From the beginning of the series, tensions among the faerie courts were present. But in Fragile Eternity, they have come to the forefront. This political tone of the novel was something completely new and unexpected. It added an extra dimension to the series as a whole. The Summer Court doesn’t want war; they are still weak, despite the presence of Aislinn. It’s fascinating how Marr weaved these threads together in the background in the first two books. The fact that the overarching story plays a major role in this novel makes it very interesting.
Aislinn herself can be frustrating at times, but readers won’t be able to help but like her. Her inner battle during Fragile Eternity is also intriguing. Though she loves Seth, she is actually weakening her court by refusing to be with Keenan. It’s a fascinating struggle, especially considering war seems to be inevitable. Where is Aislinn’s first priority, her love life or her court? It’s difficult because Aislinn seems so human, just a teenage girl at times, yet she is a powerful ruler with huge responsibilities on her shoulders.
Marr ups the ante of the series with Fragile Eternity; it will be interesting to see where she takes the story next. If you have read the first two books in the series, this novel is a must-read. If not, Marr catches readers up well enough, but if you really want to understand what is going on, it’s best to read these novels in order.