Fragile Eternity is the third book in the faerie romance series and it is just as seductive as the previous two. If you like dark paranormal, this book is for you. First, start with Wicked Lovely. Second, read Ink Exchange. Then come to Fragile Eternity. Trust me, you will fall hard.
In the third story we follow Seth and Aislinn as they navigate the issues of dating each other when; Seth is mortal, Aislinn is the Summer Faerie Queen, Keenan the Summer King is looking for any opportunity to change their working relationship to a “personal” one, Bananach is stirring up trouble to start a war between all of the faerie courts, and Sorcha is feeling something different.
Yeah, go back and read the first two books. A lot is referenced in this. I had trouble keeping up and remembering what happened before because it has been about seven years since I first read Wicked Lovely, and three since Ink Exchange, and a lot happens in both to remember so much over that time. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to keep up with the characters I fell in love with so long ago.
The overall tone of the story is dark and dingy. When the characters enter the bar, it’s easy to picture some place grubby and filled with snarly bikers. When the Dark faeries show up, they fit in perfectly with the mortal world. Even when there are light moments, they’re still filled with some darkness. Don’t know for sure if this is Marr’s writing style coming through or just the way this faerie world has come to be. But it’s like a fairy tale from the good old days, before Disney got to them and coated them in sugar. More cautionary tale than bedtime story.
And that’s what makes it great.
Bad things happen. Bad choices are made. Niall gets sexier.
Oh, didn’t I mention Niall is hot? Yeah, go and read Ink Exchange and fall for the Dark Faerie King who’ll make you do very naughty things and like it.
But Fragile Eternity is all about Seth and Aislinn. Seth is lovable and grows so much as a character. He’s creative, logical, intelligent, caring. But he’s trying too hard to keep calm when losing control might be the better option. I really liked him. Aislinn… well, it might be because she has Seth but I didn’t really like her. It could be jealousy. I found her to be rather annoying how she was always struggling to do the right thing and resist Keenan’s advances.
Keenan is a jerk.
They both have other people they love but still try to make out with each other and then she’ll blame Summer for them being drawn to each other. Like, no. Grow up and take responsibility for your actions girl and don’t hurt Seth. We can all make our hormones shut and get on with the job when something needs to be done.
The one bad thing with this story is that it felt like it was a filler to set up for the next big adventure. So I’m looking forward to reading the next book (hopefully this year), but I wish more had been done to make this story stand alone.
P.S Wicked Lovely was my inspiration for The Annual.