Fragile Eternity – Melissa Marr



Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

My Thoughts

As seems to be the pattern, this third book in the series seems to be the game changer. Seth, Ash, and Keenan all have decisions to make. It’s time to stop playing teenager, and take full responsibility for what they are – fart of the feary world.

There is one thing I need to get out of the way immediately – Keenan is not the “good guy”. He is knowingly ruthless, manipulative, conniving, selfish, and disrespectful. Time, and time again he twists things to get what he wants. Part of that is the faery way – they cannot lie. As such, they must find ways to elude the truth, to twist and play words in very deliberate and specific ways. At first, this drove me absolutely crazy – the use of miscommunication as a plot device isn’t my favourite – but I adapted quickly. Because they can’t help it – it is inherent in who they are as entities.

Keenan has a way of getting Ash exactly where he wants her – wanting him just so, but not enough, so he can continue to court his Winter Queen, Donia, for a while longer. Eventually, he will have Ash. And he promises never to harm her – quite literally, harm her physically – but he never desists in harming her both psychologically and emotionally. Ash cannot see this for herself, despite warnings from her loved ones. But she is the Summer Queen, and is both drawn and tied to Keenan eternally.

And it’s the eternally part that sets Seth’s teeth on edge. Seth is the power player in this book. He sees where his future could be headed, and hates how powerless he is. In this book, Seth does everything to take back his life, and his future. He’s made an odd friend in Niall, the Dark King, but it’s an ally that is so very needed, and so very appreciated. I’m enjoying where Seth and Niall’s friendship is headed, and I’m sure there are very interesting things to come.

Ultimately, Seth’s decisions flips everything right around. The world of Faerie is changing – and no one is sure whether it’s for better, or for worse. The only sure thing at the moment is that change is imminent. Whether that be war and chaos, or alliance and peace. Nothing will be the same, and I cannot wait to see the Summer Court fall from its fickle graces.


~ by Aubrey Smith on January 26, 2017.

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