Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Radiant Shadows" by Melissa Marr [4]

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans - and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the Faerie realm mean losing each other?

Fourth book in this series and it has all that the rest have... romance, danger and intrigue. It's breathtaking, complex and involving and you won't rest until you've finished the novel.
So what's it about?

Ani has been born to a half-faerie mother and a Hound for a father and her abilities are unique. She needs to feed from emotions but also from skin contact. Ani feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere and her father treats her with kid gloves ... then she meets Devlin.
Devlin was made for one purpose and that was as an assassin for the High Queen, he has given his whole life to serve her and the faerie court. But something is missing in his life ...then he has to assassinate Ani as a child, which he couldn't do. Years later they meet again and the sparks fly.
Many secrets have been kept from both of them and as they struggle to survive against those that would have them dead, they realize that the fate of Faerie is a stake as well as their own lives.

This series is fast becoming one of my favourites. I love the authors writing style, it's very easy to read and you absolutely get lost in the story. This one will definitely have another to read as it's left with a ending ... well that doesn't end.

I rate this book 4 stars.

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