15 May, 2010

Book Review: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr


I purchased this book
Picture courtesy of Good Reads

MELISSA MARR first created her world of the faeries in the novel WICKED LOVELY. RADIANT SHADOWS is the fourth book in the series and focuses on the High Queen's assassin, Devlin and the half-human daughter of the Hounds, Ani.

Ani is one of a kind. She's the daughter of the Hunt (her father Gabriel is the leader of the Hounds). She's half-human, half-faery. She can feed off of emotions and touch. No other faery is known to do this. And Ani should not be alive.

Devlin, the High Queen's Bloody Hands was meant to kill her in her youth. But, he didn't. Instead, he kept the secret of her existence from both of his sisters. Order and Chaos. Reason and War. The two that keep the balance of the faery world.

Ani and Devlin must race against time to protect Ani's human family, save the faery world, and restore the balance, even while Devlin fears that he might have to destroy Ani to keep his sisters happy.

I was truly spellbound by this book. It wasn't just that I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next in Ani and Devlin's relationship (I did). It wasn't just that I was intrigued by the appearance of Rae, and how she would affect the faery world (I was). It wasn't even that I loved the way Ani came into her own as a Hound (I so want a Barracuda Steed!).

All of these elements came together to make a truly good read. But, MELISSA MARR has done more then just write a good book. She has created a world that I want to return to again and again. RADIANT SHADOWS is a hypnotic book; one that has left me hungry for more.

See my review on Good Reads that delves deeper. Note: This review has spoilers.

My Rating: 14/15 Must Read
Bonus Cover Points: 4/5


  1. Melissa Marr is my absolute FAVORITE AUTHOR!! I got to meet her in Lexington KY. She is not only an amazing author, but an awesome person. Her books are beautifully written! Thanks for a good review! When I read her book reviews, I feel like I take them personal sometimes. I get so into her world that I feel those people are real. (I know it's dorky, especially since I'm a 27 year old teacher,and mother of 2 children :) )

  2. @Anonymous: I understand how you feel. I love her books too. It took me longer to write this review than any other because I wanted to get it right.

    Even if I think that a book wasn't as good as I expected, I tend not to write reviews that are negative. Critical, but not negative.

    Not every thing is going to be a must read for me, but that also reflects my personal taste.


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