Fragile Eternity by M. Marr

The third novel in Melissa Marr’s Fae series, Fragile Eternity is actually the sequel to Wicked Lovely.

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.

Honestly, I haven’t read Ink Exchange yet, but I’m thinking it probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea if I had.  I’m not saying you have to read Ink Exchange first, but if you know the premise of Ink Exchange going into Fragile Eternity, then I would read it.  I say this because it seems some of the character dynamics have changed due to the events in Ink Exchange.  It has been awhile since I’ve read Wicked Lovely, but I vaguely remember Niall and coming into contact with him again, it’s obvious that things have changed.  Granted, at this point, I’m only 130 pages into the novel, so this is just a first impression so far.  One thing I will say at this point, I think I can see where Marr is heading and it’s completely captivating me.  I’m going back to the novel now…

A few hours later…

Oh my god…this was fantastic and while it did end up where I thought it would, it so didn’t. What do I mean by that, it means that there’s going to be more goodness coming because of what happens at the end.  I so want to say what that is, but at the same time, I’m not going to.  I will say this…

I love the way Marr is developing her characters.  We’re given more insight into the workings of the Summer Court and the obvious tension that has built between the Summer vs the Winter and Dark courts.  We see where the relationship stands and has the potential of heading between Aislinn and Keenan, Keenan and Donia, and most importantly, between Aislinn and Seth.  Honestly, this last relationship is the crux of the matter, which you can probably guess from the title of the book.  Not only have the dynamics between all of these characters changed, but their actions are only leading up to something bigger and I know it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

The main plot throughout Fragile Eternity is the strained relationship between the Summer monarchy.  While it’s not the perfect partnership that Keenan had envisioned, Aislinn is working hard to make sure that she doesn’t hinder her court, yet she doesn’t want it to disrupt her relationship with Seth.  Some of the events that occur not only put their love to the test, but it sheds some harsh truths that Aislinn has been to naive to see.  And yes, I do call Aislinn naive because she’s always known what and who the Fae are, but she seems to have forgotten a little of what her Grams has taught her.  I do know that when we get to the fourth novel in this series, there are going to be some fireworks and I, personally, can’t wait to see them.

Overall, this was another fascinating piece of work from Melissa Marr.  Everything about Fragile Eternity completely and utterly captivated me from the beginning to the end.  And that is saying a lot when I’m currently sick and normally have nothing to do with either reading or the internet but instead veg out in front of the TV all day (and that’s actually possible this time since both boys are sick as well).  I’m not generally a YA fan, but this is one series that you won’t want to waste your time with at the library, just go out and buy them.  You won’t regret it.

Read Order:
Wicked Lovely
Ink Exchange
Fragile Eternity

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  1. I’m reading Ink Exchange right now.

    I was giddy when I got the email requesting my address so HC could send me this book. It sooo made my day when I saw that email. I’m still wondering what I did to end up with a signed copy of it. :)

  2. How do you get all the good books! This is on my much-anticipated list. I loved Wicked Lovely. A word of warning, though. Ink Exchange is kind of dark and grim (or at least it was for me).

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