By Melissa Marr
Published in: 2009
Times read: First time
Brought in: Actually borrowed from Jess, not one I own.
Date read: 25 February 2010
Time taken to read: 5 days
So this happens to be the third book in this series about a world where Faerie’s exist, but they are invisible to normal humans. The main theme of this book is about Aislinn, the summer queen (who used to be mortal), her mortal boyfriend Seth and his hatred of being mortal and finite compared to Aislinn, and Keenan, the summer king and Seth’s competition. Keenan loves Donia, the Winter Queen, but the draw that Aislinn and Kennan have to each other being king and queen of summer means that its difficult for them to be apart, causing problems for the ones that they actually are in love with. Add to this the faerie of war meddling, the dark king attempting to learn how to deal with his new throne and hatred for the summer king he once served, and well it’s a pretty muddling experience.
The book focuses on continuing the story, so it cannot be read as a standalone book, but if you’re following the series then it is pretty great. Unfortunately no answers are really given, and mroe problems arise for the poor characters in this world, but it is something that is quite fun to read and I found myself itching to skip ahead to the end of the book in hopes that everything is alright at the end, that Seth reaches Ash in time before she is sqayed by Keenan to sleep with him, that Donia and Keenan work it out… ah, it is quite fabulous. Even if nothing is answered in the end.
Fragile Eternity rating: 8/10. I loved it, found myself wrapped up in their world, yet frustrated at the amount of turmoil the characters were in. They went around in circles, and you would get the problem from one side, and then from another side, and then from another side… it was slightly repetitive, and it seemed to take a while to get to the final which was quite, well, abrupt. Still good though, as part of the series.
Would I re-read it? Yes, if it’s a while before I get a hold of the next book in the series I would re-read this as a refresher, or if I’m re-reading the entire series. Not as a standalone book however, it’d be too confusing otherwise.
Who would I recommend it to? It’s a teenager’s book, since the characters all appear to be around the age of a high school student (and yet are kings and queens.). So teenies around 14-20 would probably enjoy it, though there is a touch of maturity in these that might not suit younger children (like the fact that Keenan is trying to get Ash to sleep with him to strengthen his court. I don’t think littlies would enjoy reading about that!). It’s also really a chick’s book, not really aimed at guys.