Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely Series #4)

Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely Series #4)

by Melissa Marr


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Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061659249
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Wicked Lovely Series , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 149,049
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.

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Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 469 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of the Wicked Lovely series, and I have bullied each and every one of my friends into reading the books. I anxiously awaited RADIANT SHADOWS and then...I felt an enormous let-down. After the ending of FRAGILE ETERNITY, I expected (1) to see Seth grow as a faery (fight/hunt with the hounds/be more emotionally agressive towards Ash and not such a door-mat); (2) some sort of closure and finality already with the Keenan/Ash/Donia/Seth love quadrangle; (3) a greater change with the faery courts. I guess I should have anticipated a move like this after reading INK EXCHANGE, yet I was still unprepared for what I read. I felt the plot was thin and contrived at times (too many unanswered questions: Irial's fate? Jillian? The creation of YET ANOTHER faery court? And Keenan's MISSING--the Summer King is MISSING and it's only mentioned briefly in the book? No one cares??? What's Ash been doing during this time? Is she looking for him? Has she thrown Seth aside for Keenan?) Being the penultimate book in the series, I felt like Marr was all over the place with this book. I hope she regains her momentum for the last and wrangles back her readers who fell in love with the series in the first place.
KJSutton More than 1 year ago
While Melissa Marr continues to be an excellent writer, and I enjoyed all of her books up to this point, Radiant Shadows was a disappointment. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't really connect to her characters, and the story dragged on. Normally I read a book straight through without putting it down, but this one I got bored eaily and it took me several days to finish. I want to know more about Seth and Aislinn, and while they do make appearances in the story, it's as if Marr has brushed them aside to introduce these new people she's more excited about. Maybe I've just started to get bored with the fey, and the world she's created, but I do believe that Radiant Shadows could have been much, much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Are you serious?!? I waited forever for that book to come out, and this is what i get?!?! Don't get me wrong, the book had its high points ( i love Ani and Devlin). But Keenan has gone missing. And they only mention it once! Ash is not in the book and Seth hasn't changed from when he was a mortal. I expected Seth to be more emotional and dark and scary and FORCEFUL! he never even talks to Ash! Donia is also not in the book. With Keenan gone shouldn't she be upset!? Melisssa Marr is great, but this book was one big let down. It was the PENULTIMET (spelling?) the next to last and nothing is coming together. The last book will have to be pretty long to make up all this lost time.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In order to understand the specifics of all the characters in this story, it would be best to read the other books in the series: WICKED LOVELY, INK EXCHANGE, and FRAGILE ETERNITY. RADIANT SHADOWS picks up where FRAGILE ETERNITY leaves off. As per their agreement, Seth leaves Sorcha in Faerie so he can return to his life in the Mortal world. Everything starts disintegrating soon after and provides a backdrop for the rest of the story. Ani, Gabriel's daughter, is struggling with her role in the Hunt and controlling the way she feeds. Unlike her siblings, Ani can feed from both mortals and faerie since she feeds on emotions. Life for Ani becomes extremely complicated when Bananach takes an interest in her and orders her to kill Seth. Not knowing what else to do, Ani decides her only option is to run. Devlin, the brother of Sorcha and Bananach, is sent to the Mortal world to look after Seth. Sorcha is obsessed with what Seth is doing and worried for his safety. The trouble is, Devlin gets sidetracked when he runs into Ani at a night club. Devlin and Ani are connected, although the specific connection is unknown - all Devlin understands is that he can't resist Ani. Melissa Marr continues to hold readers' attention in this, the fourth book of the WICKED LOVELY series. Aislinn doesn't play a role in this installment because Keenan is missing, forcing her to focus her attention on the Summer Court. Faerie is in danger due to Sorcha's actions, and it is up to Devlin and Ani to put it right - but Bananach (War) is determined to see death and destruction everywhere. Can they save Faerie before War destroys everything?
The-Bookaholic More than 1 year ago
In the fourth installment of The Wicked Lovely series, I'm quite happy to say that as always, Melissa Marr doesn't disappoint! This installment brings more attention to the "background" characters and doesn't focus on Seth and Aislinn. Instead, the reader is taken into Ani and Devlin's developing relationship, as well as Marr's continued beautiful and alluring magical writing that will capture your heart. I'll be honest; Ani's character didn't particularly strike me in the beginning. She struggles, and her character voice annoyed me at times with the constant complaining of "not fitting in". But you know, if you think about it, that makes a character REALISTIC. As the story played on, I grew attached to her strength and determination, and fierce protection over her loved ones. Devlin, I loved. I adored. He was mysterious. Beautiful. Marr crafted his character wonderfully, I thought. And I always love Irial and Niall! They are so tempting... sexy... ;) The dialogue throughout the entire novel is so smooth, rich, and easily read- yet artistically done and poetic. I don't have many complaints when it comes to Melissa Marr's The Wicked Lovely Series, and once again, found myself ravishing every page through this installment. I can't wait to read the next- and final installment: Darkest Mercy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr starts with Ani, a half mortal and half faery who is trying to find her place in the strange world she was born into without a mother. Devlin is a faery that works as a faery leader's assassin and who had been sent to kill both Ani and her mother, but for the first time in his life he had not had the heart to kill someone. Melissa Marr does a wonderful job at describing these interestingly complicated characters and showing the battles they face within their own minds. She uses beautiful words to help you picture just how intricate the faery world is and how it is seen from the perspective of all of the different characters. The theme of love versus the darkness that haunts them and the dangers of being together keep the story incredibly entertaining. Ani, with Devlin surprisingly at her side and against the ones he was born to follow, being hunted down as a resource to be used for creating chaos among the leaders of the faery world is a creative conflict. You would think it would make the story excitingly fast paced, but no. Most of the story is spent in Ani's car driving away with Devlin as fast as she can. There is not really any turning point and there is absolutely no suspense at all. Nothing all that amazing happens until the last few chapters of the novel. This was not a great addition to the Wicked Lovely Series and the first three were much more worthy of my time.
fiyaazzvietguh More than 1 year ago
First it was Aislinn, then it was her best friend Leslie, after was about Seth, Now its about Ani. Ani is the sister of Rabbit and Tish from the tatoo shop. Melissa Marr a great book and series writer has brought us into Faerie and showed us of the glam behind the glam of the faerie people. Its Ani's turn to stand next to her father as a hound and not just a half mortal half human. With devlin being bound to his sisters by their blood, he is to keep her away. But Ani being the daughter of the Dark court, anything is possible. This is a book you would want to read after what happen to Aislinn, Leslie, and Seth. This book shows you what happens after they have gotten away or stayed in Faerie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story of two different beings learning to love each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just keeps getting better and better.
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book continued the story from 'Fragile Eternity' from the point of view of Ani, Devlin, and Rae. Where we left off is in the world of Faerie where Sorcha is letting that world unravel until she knows that her son, Seth, is safe. Devlin is told to check up on Seth but in the meantime meets Ani, who he was supposed to assassinate years before, and his life is altered by her.Just when I thought this series could not get any better! This book stepped it up another level with illuminating the lives of the Fey in the High Court. Devlin was introduced in 'Fragile Eternity' very briefly and this book expanded on his character greatly. Devlin was created from both Sorcha and Bananach and needed them for nourishment. He was constantly torn between keeping his two sister-mothers pleased. But when he met Ani again, he realized that there was so much more out there for him, that he began to question his allegiance to the High Court.The character of Ani was fascinating to me. The fact that she needed both touch and emotion to be completely satiated always kept her on edge wanting more. When she met Devlin it was an instant attraction that was unexplainable to either of them, but started a relationship that was both forbidden and vital to both of them. Marr created such a strong character in Ani. She was a compelling wildcat that only wanted to find her place in the Hunt so she could belong. Devlin and Ani complimented each other so fully, it was inevitable that they belonged together.Katherine Rae O'Falherty AKA Rae was an expected twist for me. This character diverged from the typical fey in these novels in the fact that she was a spectral being (who could 'possess' another body) and a dream walker. Rae was one of my favorite characters in this book. She was the exceptional piece of the puzzle who essentially connected the dots in this story.In all of Marr's 'Wicked Lovely' books, love or some form of passion/lust is a major theme, and this book was no different. But the new way it was shown was quite captivating. Devlin and Ani were brought together for a reason, to compliment each other's needs and desires but with painful consequence. The internal struggle of keeping their families away from harm but the preoccupation with each other made this book difficult to put down. I was drawn by the relationship these two created and the balance they tried to ensure to keep each other safe and well.I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the 'Wicked Lovely' series, or anyone who is in the mood for a thrill-ride exploring the magical world of the Fey.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world of Faery has been right up agaisnt the human world for centuries, both sides knowing the other was there, but basically ingnoring it. Over time though, things always change, even in the world of Faery. Things start to go outof balance when the Queen of the High Court finds herself ingorning her imposed order, giving her twin Chaos a chance to rise to power. Devlin, thier created brtoehr betweenthem, is supposed to keep them in balance, but he can't any m longer. He refused to kill somone his Queen ordered him to, and how he and she may pay the price. Ani, a mixed faery, is part human, part Hound. And with each passing day the human part of her lessens. Can Devlin save her, and Faery, or is the Faery world doomed to fall apart.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LovedThis is my favorite book of the series so far. What makes this my favorite is the two main characters Devlin and Ani.CharactersDevlin: I love this character type, the brooding, dark, fearsome and very lone male character. This is my weakness for fictional characters, I will always loves these type of boys the very most. But to match this bad boy you need the right female for him as well.Ani: She made a few minor appearances in Ink Exchange, but you didn't really learn anything about her at all. This is her book, her story and her time to shine and boy does she shine well. I love her personality, she is getting stronger during the book, she knows what she wants and won't give up till she has it. She doesn't whine or cry and become an incapable weakling at any point, she wants to stand up and fight to protect those she loves. She is very fierce and gets to tango with a very formidable opponent.The Dark CourtI can't say I would completely want to be a part of the dark court, I don't find pleasure in causing others pain, but I do very much enjoy the characters this court has produced. There is more of a protecting the family vibe that is lacking from the other courts even the frivolous summer court.Bananach: She is scary and freaking crazy, but at the same time I am so intrigued by her devious, blood lusting, war craving chaotic ways and her feather hair (which sounds so cool). She provides the story with a great villain, one who can't be stopped only deterred, a conundrum to say the least.Didn't LikeHonestly, nothing. I loved every page of this book and I think I have come to terms with Seth as well. RecommendationIf you haven't read the series yet, what are you waiting for go out and get them. Great for young adults and adults as well who lost fantasy and the devious faeries.
lms8esmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The tangled webs we weave are very apparent in Radiant Shadows. Marr does a wonderful job giving glimpses of the High Court and Ani's torturous nature is nail biting. To need both touch and emotion must be difficult for Ani, and the more fey she becomes, the more dangerous she can be to those she drinks from. Enter Devlin who is so captivated by Ani, but he has a terrible secret. Falling for the wrong type became more appealing after reading about Ani and Devlin and I cannot wait to share this one with my students. :O)
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Ani is not quite like anyone else, even within the hidden world of faeries. She's half faery and half-mortal, born the daughter of the Gabriel, the enforcer of the Dark King's will and the leader of the Wild Hunt. Not nearly fully human, but not fully accepted by the faeries, either, Ani wants desperately to belong... and that's not even the worst of her problems. Because Ani's not like other halflings, either; she needs to feed on both the emotion and touch of others to survive, and if she's not restrained, she can quickly drain a faery to the point of death. This power is known only to a very few, but it is dangerous enough that it has made her a pawn in the games of two of the most powerful faeries in existence. But she won't have to face it alone after she meets Devlin, a powerful faery born of both Order and Chaos, who has acted for millennia as the High Queen's Bloodied Hands, and whose fate is somehow inextricably bound to Ani's.Review: I was initially kind of disappointed that this story was another "side" story like Ink Exchange. I became hooked on the Wicked Lovely series thanks to the story of Aislinn, Keenan, Donia, and Seth, and the first three of them don't even make cameo appearances in this book other than an occasional name-check. But, if Marr just *had* to tell a story some non-them characters, I'm certainly glad she picked the characters she did. I found both Ani and Devlin to be interesting and sympathetic, if not quite as compelling as Aislinn or Donia in Wicked Lovely. I particularly liked they way Marr used her characters to play with the idea of balance, of order and disorder, of containing two opposing truths within one person (or one faery). Those same themes are also addressed within the story itself, making this on the whole a very neatly crafted piece of fiction. Another thing Marr does well is write Dark. Even when she's writing about the Summer Court, there's a darkness and a danger that pervades her world, and it's showing in full force in Radiant Shadows. It's strong enough that I would almost call it grim... if not for the equally strong part of the story that deals with love and loyalty. Balance, I guess, huh? In that spirit, I must point out that there were a few things about Radiant Shadows that didn't work so well for me. There were a few things that weren't fleshed out enough, or entirely explained to my satisfaction, including a few sizeable plot points. (For example, I was never entirely clear how getting hold of Ani's blood would result in increased power for those who were seeking it.) There were also a few parts that I felt happened unrealistically fast, or where the characters were being willfully disingenuous, or things were a bit predictable. On the whole, though, I quite enjoyed this book; enough so that by the end, I barely missed Donia's presence... and that's saying something. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Fans of the series will enjoy the new installment for sure; newcomers to Marr's work shouldn't start here, but should definitely check out the series as a whole if they like urban fantasy with a seriously dark side.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is unlike my usual fare. I'm generally not a huge fan of these sort of dark novels - everyone angsty, goth, etc. But it's like looking in on another world (and not just the obvious world of faeries). For the most part, of course, it's YA fluff, easily read, easily put aside. I do appreciate Marr's creativity, though; her faery world is well-realized, and the many different romances throughout the series aren't (too) tired. Her writing isn't the best I've seen in YA fiction, though, but like I said, it's fluff and fun.
Suzanne520 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was truly Amazing. I thought I would dislike the absence of the summer court, but Devlin, Ani and Rae are so greatly developed, that, shhhh, I actually think I like this story more than Ash and Keegan's. I love that Seth was in this book because I have been a Seth fan from the get go. Very well written, the only bad thing is I have to wait so long for the next one!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited that there would be an Ani book, but she didn't jump off the page the way I expected. I think that the conflict between the different courts is becoming so detailed, and Marr characters are so full of lovely nuances that the books no longer can focus on a single character or relationship.Marr writes well about uncomfortable ideas - Ani is a sympathetic character despite her need to feed on both emotion and touch. There is a sweet moment where Devlin recognises Ani need for a little bit of violence to help her calm down - these are not the usual traits for a swoony teen romance heroine!
AyleeArgh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In short: Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and relationship in Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr. But at least there was no Keenan!Radiant Shadows is the second departure from the Aislinn-Seth-Keenan storyline in the Wicked Lovely series (the first one being Ink Exchange) while still being a continuation of the story. If that makes any sense at all. Radiant Shadows features halfing Ani, who we learn about briefly in Ink Exchange, the advisor to the High Queen, Devlin, who we learn about briefly in Fragile Eternity, and a completely new character, Rae, who is a dreamwalker.I was pretty tolerant of the first departure from the main storyline in Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2), I think because I hadn't become as invested in the main characters at that point, but after reading Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3), I found that I didn't have very much patience for these new characters. While Marr does a fairly good job at tying in this book to the overarching storyline, I couldn't help but feel like I just wanted to get back to the main story with the main characters. I think it's for this reason that I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. Also, the relationship between Ani and Devlin was just sort of random and felt inauthentic. There was no real buildup to their relationship. I hesitate to mention this, but I have one nitpick with the plot that just won't stop bugging me: I really wish Marr had taken the time to understand how the Sleep Cycle and REM Sleep works. Or maybe she does know but she just chose to ignore it. At any rate, there were certain scenes involving Rae, the dreamwalker, that just didn't work for me because they didn't have at least a basis of fact. It might be unfair of me to nitpick to this detail but unfortunately, it did impact my enjoyment of the novel and simple research on Marr's part could have corrected this.The ending was the saving grace of Radiant Shadows; I really liked the direction and advancement of the plot at the end. It sets it up perfectly for the final in the series, Darkest Mercy! Another thing I really liked was the further look into the mythology of the Dark Court, and along with that, Niall and Irial's relationship. Also a plus: no Keenan!
Books007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok...another great addition to the Wicked Lovely series with one exception. (I expanded on that below but you'd have to read the book first before understanding.) Due to that one part, I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Wicked Lovely fans...you're not going to be disappointed with this book.I didn't like the mother/daughter combo kiss and was even more turned off by Rae commenting on waiting for x yrs for that. Gross! Hello...that's your daughter's man! (Even if you are in her "body").
xtastethesky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title: RadiantAuthor: Melissa MarrPublisher: HarperCollinsLength: 352 pages hardcoverRating: 4/5The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr has been sort of an up and down rollercoaster for me. Some of the books are a great ride, while others have fallen flat. In her most recent addition to the series, Radiant Shadows, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The novel, in my opinion obviously, is arguably the best in the series.This novel follows the pattern that Marr seems to have set up, being that every other novel she focuses on other characters, rather than just on Aislinn, Seth, and Keenan (Wicked Lovely focuses on Aislinn, Ink Exchange focuses on another character ¿ Leslie, then Fragile Eternity once again has a focus on Aislinn, more importantly on Seth).Radiant Shadows follows a previously mentioned character, Ani, in her desire to be seen as more than just a very powerful Halfling in her father¿s eyes. She wants to join the pack. Enter a new character, Devlin. He¿s the brother, and sort of son, of the High Queen of Faerie. He does whatever the Queen tells him to. When one mission sends him to protect her mortal, he and Ani meet and fall into a state of lust/love. Together they find themselves, and work to help put together the faerie world that seems to be slowly breaking apart.I found this novel to be the most interesting of all the novels, rivaling the origin of the series. While Wicked Lovely was fantastic, I found the characters of Radiant Shadows much more compelling. I never got bored with the novel, the plot kept me going until the end.I do warn there is a slight sexual undercurrent in this novel due to Ani¿s need to feed on energy through touch. This is seen through her relationship development with Devlin throughout the novel. In my honest opinion it isn¿t anything that any parent should be too worried about. The scenes are brief, a bit heavy but done with discretion. The interaction between the characters is nothing more than you would expect from two teenagers, or in this case mythical beings.The story for these characters does come full circle, but it also sets forth change that will cause a steady flow of events for the next novel to come. In fact there is a minor subplot that is brought up throughout the novel dealing with Aislinn and Keenan with the Summer Court that still needs to be solved.I eagerly await the next novel in the series, and as long as you¿re not expecting a novel all about Aislinn and Seth, I¿ll expect many to enjoy this novel as well.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again the saga contines. I like these books, but it seems like there is no end. I don't know how many books there are going to be, but it seems like it should just end. Don't get me wrong, I like the series, it just seems like they have been going on forever, and this is only book 4.
amberic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This first 2 in this series is still my favorite. But this would be my 3rd favorite. I really liked the story and the characters. I didn't miss Seth or Ash. Actually I miss the Seth from book 1. I don't like the changes in his character. Hes too much of a push over or something. I feel we lost his Seth quality that he had in the 1st one. Anyways though the main characters in this one have a steamy chemistry. IF you were like me and weren't a big fan of the 3rd one don't let that affect you from this one. It really is a good read!!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've kept up with Melissa's Marr's Wicked Lovely books since the beginning. Sometimes I wonder why I keep on reading because neither of the subsequent novels (Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity) were as lush, captivating or enjoyable as Wicked Lovely. I suppose I kept reading in hopes that something would finally live up to the first book, but sadly none of Marr's other Wicked Lovely novels, including the newest installment, Radiant Shadows, can stand up to it.Nothing really happens in Radiant Shadows -a problem that the book shares with its predecessors. Half-faerie, half-mortal Ani is the focus of the novel, but she seems to fade into the background of a Faerie court caught up in bloody violence (a little over the top in my opinion) and lust (there was a great deal more sensuality and adult content than I remember from previous novels, and I found it to definitely be on the heavy side for a YA novel). And, sadly, the plot also seemed to get lost in there somewhere. I have to admit that Marr's writing is as intoxicating as ever, and it did pull me through to the end, but the hope that something would happen/the book would get better also pulled me through. Sadly, it just didn't pan out.Hard-core fans might be able to get into this one, but it's just so tough since Marr is capable of so much better....
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Devlin, the High Queen's Bloody Hands, is brother/son to twins War Crow Banannach, bringer of chaos, and to Sorcha, the High Queen of Faerie. He's also the latter's enforcer, keeping the court in check and protecting his sisters' secret. But Devlin has secrets as well, two of them, both female, both in danger - can he keep them and his position? As Sorcha's crumbling balance brings Faerie, and possibly the mortal world to the bring of disaster, Devlin, Ani the half-mortal Hound girl, and Rae offer slim hope of salvation. But for things to run smooth secrets will have to be revealed, trusts broken and new ties forged - will any of them be strong enough?After Fragile Eternity I was almost ready to quit this series. Marr's redeemed herself here - there's still plenty of gloom and doom, but leavened with plenty of action it's much more palatable. She's still woven in a love-triangle, but this one at least offers some hope of a workable balance, and if Devlin feels a bit flat as a character, Ani's much more appealing than the somewhat-vapid-of-late Summer Queen. With the realms in balance in Faerie, it will be interesting to see where Marr takes things from here.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. I have read all the others and this book to me was some what different than the first three. First I want to say that I love Melissa's writing. She makes things so easy to follow. What I liked the most about this book was that the main character Ani was a very strong female. She was not afraid of much, knew what she wanted and was willing to protect what was hers. Now I have to admit that at first I found the book to be going a little slower than Melissa's first three. I believe things picked up at like Chapter 6, but I could be wrong. Anyway, once it did pick up though I could not stop reading. As soon as Ani met Devlin everything started and it was one thing after another. There was even a part that I felt Melissa wrote so well and was so easy to imagine, where they were all at the tattoo shop coming up with a plan and Bananach invades their home with her people and there is a small fight scene and I sat there with my finger in my mouth like ¿OMG.¿ LOL I also liked how Ani and Devlin described how they felt about one another and how hard Devlin tried not to care for her. Devlin was not only the Queen's brother, but also her "Hit man" and it was killing him to care so much for Ani, but at the same time such a great pleasure and new experience. Ani of course did not try to fight anything. She wanted Devlin and was pretty clear on it. And when finally having him by her side she refused to ever leave his side. She made sure he understood that where ever he went she went even if it was in battle. Some parts made me a little teary eyed just reading how Devlin felt in certain parts of the book. I had no idea where this book was heading, but the more I kept reading the more and more I loved it! The way the book ended was good to me and it left room for another great story. The one thing I did not like was (and this is a bit of a spoiler) not once did Ani and Devlin say that they loved each other. You can just tell though from the way Melissa Marr wrote the book, but still I found myself at some parts screaming in my head "TELL HER YOU LOVE HER" lol. Obviously though it was a case of knowing without saying. Don't get me started on Niall and Irial... something about those two is just too damn sexy! I like them more and more each book. Love this series and love that with every book it just gets better and better. Can¿t wait for the next book it is a definite read.