Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #3
Release Date: April 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen. Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and 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 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.
While it’s been a couple years since I’ve read Wicked Lovely (I only skimmed Ink Exchange, but do plan to go back and READ it), Marr easily pulled me back into her world of faeries. Fragile Eternity returns to Seth and Aislinn and their struggle and challenges since Wicked Lovely. I’m still no closer to loving Keenan, but I can’t help feeling sorry for him a little. He’s trapped in this unfortunate situation just as Aislinn is. I do really believe he would change the circumstances if he could…well almost. The way he manipulates Aislinn drives me batty. He comes off sweet and loving, but underneath I worry he’s just twisting her to his will.
I enjoyed meeting Sorcha and learning more about her court. I hope this will not be the last we see of the Unchangeable Queen or her realm. I felt like Marr only gave us a taste of Faerie and that there is much left to be uncovered. Though I suppose that can be said about any of the monarchs and their courts. There are so many whisperings of war and balance that the possibilities that could unfold are endless.
I will warn that there is a lot of repetition, especially when it comes to the mortality issues and the whole love triangle (square?). Aislinn is stuck in this rut of rehashing the same problems over and over as she tries to come to terms with them. Also, if you look at that big scheme of things there is no resolution for this book. However, I put my focus on Seth and his journey and wasn’t too bothered by the ending. My only real complaint in the no-resolution department is when it comes to Aislinn and Seth. Their future is much too shaky and uncertain for my likes. I fear the many paths that they could travel and where it may take them. But I’m still holding out hope that they will get their forever.
Marr certainly seems to be setting the stage for something big and I can’t wait to see where it will go!