From the back of the book:
Seth wants to be with Aislinn forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Keenan stole Aislinn’s mortality to make her a monarch. Now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and to each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
Oh, it’s been so long since I read the first two books in this series. So long that quite frankly I don’t remember anything about how Aislinn became the Summer Queen. I suppose this isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, as Aislinn was one of my least favourite characters in this book (the only one I disliked more was Keenan, blegh), but it certainly made for slight holes in grasping everything that was talked about in this book. Alas.
Fragile Eternity is more like a sequel to Wicked Lovely, and Ink Exchange is more a companion novel. I liked Ink Exchange a lot more than the first in the series, and so it’s not really surprising that when this returned back to the characters from the first novel, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Ink Exchange. I hear that the next in the series (Radiant Shadows) is also more a companion novel, while the last (Darkest Mercy) returns to the monarchs of the Summer Court. So… I’m definitely looking forward to reading the fourth, but seeing as I apparently don’t like those involved in the Summer Court, I’m a little uneasy to finish this series.
At least this one mostly concerned itself with Seth, the mortal who is in a relationship with the Summer Queen and who is looking for a way to spend forever with her. I may have a bit of a crush on Seth. So every chapter from his point of view was awesome. And the fact that half of the book was from his POV thankfully meant that only half of the book took place from Aislinn’s POV – which means only half of it dealt with Aislinn’s “omg angst love triangle omg” stuff. I am so over YA love triangle angst.
I loved the introduction to Sorcha, Bananach and Devlin. At least I think it was an introduction – I don’t remember them from the previous two novels. The idea that Sorcha and Bananach are complete opposites in everything, and the possibility that the death of one may result in the death of the other, is a completely enthralling idea. I want to know so much more about these two fey. Then their brother Devlin, who serves one but is friends with the other… oh, there are so many possibilities that I am hoping get explored in further books! These three fey were definitely the highlight of the book for me.
The Bottom Line
Not as enjoyable as Ink Exchange, but still good enough to make me want to keep reading the series.