Sunday, January 17, 2010
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
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?
Melissa Marr has done it again. She has stunned me beyond words with her realm of Faerie. Each book in this series is so absolutely stunning in their own individual way, each has its own story to tell, but a woven together beautifully with Melissa’s creative storytelling. As both Ani and Devlin struggle to find their own place to belong in the realms they are brought together as equals because of Bananach and her lust for war. Ani longs to step out from her father’s shadow and Devlin from the reach of his sisters, together they must change Faerie in order to protect it, those they care about and each other.