Radiant Shadows

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Radiant Shadows

Book 4

Devlin is the Fairie Queen’s Bloodied Hands or assassin. He was created by the High Queen, Sorcha and her twin sister, Bananach, the Queen of War. He needs the blood of both to survive but he serves Sorcha. Never since he was created has he ever not followed her orders until he was ordered to kill Ani, a young halfling.
Ani’s father is the leader of the Hunt. Her mother was mortal and died when she was just a tot. Ani’s dream is to run with the Hunt but her father forbids it, scared that she will get hurt. Ani isn’t like any other fairie. She feeds off emotions like the Dark Court but she also needs to feed off touching skin. She also needs to learn to control her hungers before she kills someone! 
Devlin hasn’t seen Ani since he was suppose to kill her. Meeting her in a club and having his emotions drained wasn’t what he was expecting. He’s helped by Seth, a mortal that was made fairie by Sorcha.
Sorcha sees Seth as her son and heir. She wants him back in Fairie with her and not in the mortal world. As her emotions start clouding her judgment, she goes to far with her desires.
Bananach wants Seth dead and who better to kill him than Ani. Bananach is willing to start a war to accomplish her goals and take on the Dark Court. 
Where will this power struggle end? What is it about Ani that has powerful fairies wanting to kill her or have her kill?
This is the fourth book in the Wicked Lovely series. You do not need to read the previous books to enjoy this one but the previous ones would give you a bit more background information on what is going on.
While there are 4 courts within this world, High, Dark, Summer and Winter except for being briefly mentioned the Summer and Winter courts do not have a major role in this book. This makes it very easy to quickly come up to speed on what is happening.
However, this is still a very complex world. Though only two of the courts are actively interacting, there are lots of elements in each one and the mortal realm is also widely traveled. Yet, as complex as this world is, within a few pages it is easy to follow the story and how the world is laid out.
The characters are interesting. There is more to being a fairie than goodness and light. There is chaos and control and packs and solitaries. Devlin and Ani are unique as is Rae a friend of Devlin who doesn’t have a physical body in Fairie and can dreamwalk. Loyalties are given and occasionally broken. And Gabriel won’t let Ani run with the pack even though he’s her father. He also won’t let her have a boyfriend, much less a kiss!
I really enjoyed this fast paced, action packed story. I didn’t want to put it down because I knew something interesting was going to happen within pages and the suspense was gripping. When I finished, I was ready for more so I hope there is another book or two in the works for this festinating world.

Book Blurb for Radiant Shadows

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 faery realm mean losing each other?
Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.75