February 15, 2012 by Heidi
The Wicked Lovely books were my first faery books. I know a lot of people balk at fairies (or even more at faeries), but I was immediately engrossed at the dark, manipulative, dangerous world of the fae in this series. Wicked Lovely tells the story of the faery courts, High, Dark, Summer and Winter, focusing on a time of political and personal upheaval. We’re provided a window to understand this world through human characters set against the backdrop of a grimy and cold Huntsdale, and I personally found many of the turns happily unexpected. Each book focuses on different characters, but the stories all intertwine and rely on one another, culminating in Darkest Mercy where all of the threads collide. By far, my favorite of the series was Radiant Shadows, followed by Ink Exchange. These were the two darkest in the series, and I loved that Melissa Marr used them to feature characters that I had previously not cared about or actively disliked and made me love them. I love finding myself rooting for those I used to root against (Jamie Lannister, anyone?), and the style of this series turned every story around for you to see it in a new way.
I highly recommend this series, it contains powerful and unexpected relationships, the struggle between one’s duty and one’s heart, and some sweet tattoos and piercings. If you’ve read the series, I’d love to hear which book was your favorite!