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Seven Black Diamonds

Seven Black Diamonds

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by Melissa Marr

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Melissa Marr’s return to faery is now in paperback! The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers alike at the edge of their seats.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born her very blood has been


Melissa Marr’s return to faery is now in paperback! The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers alike at the edge of their seats.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born her very blood has been illegal. A war has been raging between humans and faeries and the Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her from the truth, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families, and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them … and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr’s newest series explores the precarious space between two worlds—and the people who must thrive there.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Half human, half fae Lilywhite Abernathy is the daughter of one of the most powerful crime lords in the world, and although Lily has grown up sheltered, she is more than able to take care of herself. Having any fae blood means automatic imprisonment outside of the Hidden Lands, so her father has always taken pains to hide her heritage. After Lily’s 17th birthday, she is sent to the exclusive St. Columba’s school, where she finds out that she is the final member of the Black Diamonds—a sleeper cell of seven, each with different magical “affinities”—put in place by the Queen of Blood and Rage to rid the world of the humans who have destroyed it and slaughtered their people. Marr spends a great deal of time setting up the premise, yet the larger world, irreparably ravaged by human folly, is only lightly sketched. While fans of Marr’s Wicked Lovely books will appreciate her melding of ancient faerie lore with complex contemporary characters, those expecting exciting action scenes may be disappointed, and revelations about Lily hold few surprises. Ages 13–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Mar.)
Lisa Gardner
“A smart, sassy thriller! Melissa Marr shows off her killer instincts in this sensational tale of a southern debutante’s scary ability to foresee death, and the man who’d like to end it, permanently.”
Suzanne Brockmann
“A must-read for all fans of romantic thrillers.”
Hank Phillippi Ryan
“Seductively creepy, disturbingly realistic, and intensely suspenseful. This sinister tale of twisted teenage love and obsession will pull you in from the first page—and haunt you long after you close the last one.”
Charlaine Harris
“No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr.”
VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Samantha Godbey
The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae, will do anything to avenge the death of her child and the ongoing destruction of the planet at the hands of humans. Her daughter Eilidh resolves to rule differently, but her path is unclear. Humans have made even partial fae heritage punishable by imprisonment or death. As a result, Lily Abernathy knows that she must hide the fact that she herself is part fae. Soon after her seventeenth birthday, she discovers that she is part of a sleeper cell of humans with fae blood (the titular seven black diamonds) who are expected to serve as weapons on behalf of the queen. Eventually, Lily and Eilidh’s stories connect with implications for humans and fae. Lily is a refreshingly strong heroine, albeit yet another privileged, breathtakingly beautiful one. The early part of the book introduces many characters and two worlds, requiring patience and likely prompting the confused turning of pages. Certain characters, including the queen and some of the Sleepers, could use more development. Readers should know that while Marr has returned to the fae, there is no overlap with the Wicked Lovely series. This title introduces a new mythology and will conclude with a single sequel. Replete with action, the supernatural, diverse characters, and young love, this urban fantasy is sure to be extremely popular among fans of modern faery tales. Reviewer: Samantha Godbey; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Contemporary issues are woven into a futuristic story in this exciting urban fantasy. Eilidh is a faery princess in a world at war. Her mother, the Queen of Blood and Rage, declared war on humans many years ago. In response, anyone containing even a drop of faery blood was banished to the Hidden Realms. Humans have nearly ruined the natural world with their horrible environmental policies, while the faeries have sustained a brutal terrorist campaign. The seven black diamonds are "sleepers," carefully bred humans with faery blood, brought up in human families in preparation for future service to the Queen. Abernathy is unaware that she is one of those seven black diamonds. As she discovers more about her role in the faery kingdom, Eilidh struggles to find a way to leave a legacy apart from her mother's endless war. As their story lines begin to connect, secrets are revealed and surprising coalitions are formed in the effort to bridge the divide between faery and human. Once again, Marr has built an urban fantasy world that readers will find irresistible. The contemporary issues brought up throughout the book are not always dealt with in the most elegant way; however, readers will find that the realistic dialogue and teen emotions make it easy to relate to the characters, both human and faery. Several romantic relationships develop, which adds levity to the nonstop action of this violent tale. VERDICT Recommended as a first purchase.—Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CT
“Marr’s trademark use of suspense and romance will make this irresistible for her legions of fans.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A compelling world of magic, power, and regret.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Seven Black Diamonds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was just as dark and enchanting as Marr's Wicked Lovely series.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I liied it. The plot was good.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Lilywhite Abernathy’s father is the head of the criminal underworld. But she is also part far in a world where far are persecuted. But when she is sent to a boarding school she is suddenly thrown in with a bunch of A-listers, who also happen to work for the Queen of Blood and Rage. And they tell Lilywhite she is the final member of their team. But Lilywhite doesn’t plant to just sit back and take orders. This is really rough for me, because I love Melissa Marr. I remember how excited I was to delve into Wicked Lovely when it first came out. I loved that series, and I love how Marr does the fae, but this just didn’t live up to it. And I think it comes down to the characters. The most compelling characters were the full fae, with their built in history and complexity. I really just wanted to hang around with them. The Black Diamonds largely fell kinda flat for me. They were all successful, attractive teenagers. But they were also part fae, and they worked for the Queen of Blood and Rage. But we also never saw them actually do anything for her. We get hints of their awful mention, but we never actually got deep into the darkness of what they were being asked to do. Also, we had a gay couple that was just hanging out in the background. This world was weird. People know about face, but do not like them because the Queen of Blood and Rage murdered a lot of people after her baby drowned? But we didn’t really get to see the larger world, see the danger the wider world poses for there characters rather than being told about them. Neither did we get to see anything resembling school happening at school. What a convenient way to get these teenagers out on their own without adult supervision. The world felt claustrophobic. The romance, with the exception of the Queen of Blood and Rage’s daughter, was forced and overwrought. It lacked a lot of the bite I remembered from the Wicked Lovely series. I didn’t care about Lilywhite’s flirtations. Also, she was protected away in some criminal fortress for most of her life. She knew like a couple of people. She had no real experience with socializing with people her own age. But suddenly two guys were fighting over her. And one was “destined” for her, but it never rang true. It was convenient. But never felt like a conflict in the way that a similar plot point was in Wicked Lovely. There were pieces there that I wanted to be more than they were, and I think it has the potential of developing into something I like more as the series goes. But this one was too much with me as a reader being given too little reason to be invested, and that really breaks my heart. Marr’s novels are still worth of being read, but the urban fantasy didn’t really shine here.
avidreaderMO More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in less than 24 hours, and I had to go to work for 8 hours during that time. It was an excellent book, a quick read and well worth the time. Melissa Marr always does a great job creating characters and scenery. I hope there will be more in this series. I'd love to find out what happens next for Lily, Creed and the others.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
I loved Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series, so when I saw she had a new faery duology coming out; I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Melissa Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds is an imaginative and exciting story that held me captivated. The ruler of the Fae courts, The Queen of Blood and Rage, sought revenge against the humans after they killed her daughter. The Queens secret weapon is a Fae sleeper cell called Black Diamonds, a group of human/Fae hybrids. This is a contemporary young adult fantasy that is told from multiple viewpoints. Melissa Marr does an incredible job with the characters. They are extremely diverse and fascinating. I thought it was interesting that the sleepers are famous and frequently in the human media. The Black Diamonds consist of seven half-human, half-Fae: Lilywhite Abernathy (daughter of crime boss), Creed Morrison (rock star), Zephyr Waters (actor), Alkamy Adams (rock diva), Violet Lamb (actress), Roan Kenrick (heir to Reliance Pharmaceuticals), and Will Parrish (son of a senator). The group is like a family. They look out for one another. Except for Lily, they all fear the Queen’s wrath. They each have various affinities/powers. There are a lot of characters in this story. Melissa Marr does a great job of developing everyone without confusing the reader. I love Lily’s Abernathy Commandments. I enjoyed the chemistry between Lily and Creed. The plot was original and well executed. There were numerous twists filled with mystery and suspense. I adored Seven Black Diamonds and cannot wait for the second book. Complimentary copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
LW_TYF More than 1 year ago
Are you a fan of fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat? Then Melissa Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds may be for you. I really enjoyed the fantastical world Melissa Marr created in Seven Black Diamonds. There’s a nice blend of fantasy and reality, captivating characters, and plenty of surprises that you won’t see coming. Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats. There were some things about the world, its rules, and the characters that I found confusing. But even when I was slightly confused, the Fae world really captivated me. Marr switches between Lily’s point of view and many of the other characters in the story, including the other Black Diamonds. She does the different viewpoints well but with so many POV’s, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of who’s who and what their role is in the story. That being said, I really liked the characters and their story arcs. Lily is fierce and determined to make her own decisions despite all of the forces working against her. Creed has a pop-star aura about him and he’s an interesting foil to Zephyr, who is busy trying to balance leadership with fighting his own demons. Each of the Black Diamonds has their own unique personality and I thought it was really interesting how their magical affinities play a role in who each character is. Each character is complex and has a very developed backstory. The Queen of Blood and Rage is terrifying but she also has a good reason for what she’s doing, at least from her point of view. Each character’s motivations are meaningful and unique. After all, most people aren’t living with the crime lord commandments that Lily has spent her whole life abiding by. The layers of each backstory that get revealed as the story goes on keep the story interesting and disclose some of those unforeseen twists. There is a lot going on in the 400 pages of this book but I think that means there will be something that almost every reader will like. Overall, Seven Black Diamonds is an entrancing introduction to the world of the Fae. I am definitely looking forward to book two in this duology.