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Radiant Shadows

(Wicked Lovely #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  37,142 ratings  ·  1,452 reviews
Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

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' c
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 340 pages
Published April 24th 2010 by Harper
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Rating Clarification: 2.5 Stars

Radiant Shadows is my least favorite book of the series, and I'm sorry to say I've been feeling a decline in its allure since Fragile Eternity. I plowed through FE in the hopes that it was the catalyst that would shift the storyline and bring the major players to an endgame of explosive proportions, but I felt I was back to square one with Radiant Shadows.

The first 100 pages or so were a HUGE borefest. I kept nodding off as I trudged through a few pages at a time.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
So, Radiant Shadows was better than Fragile Eternity. Just when I thought all the new elements of this faery world had been revealed, Marr presents a bunch of additional characters with new and interesting abilities. It really reinvigorated the story and pulled together some pieces I think are going to be important in the final book.

Take my conservative rating with a grain of salt. The fact that I'm still even reading this series when I abandoned 20+ YA recently because of a mood change says som
Katerina  Kondrenko
3 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

Devlin was out of his character. I didn't like Ani. I liked Rae, though. But all this trio thing (and we saw it before in this series) makes me sick. Also, I think Sorcha is a crazy banana. And Bananac (see the irony?) is the only person who acts due to her nature. The idea of Keenan's disappearance is ridiculous. I can imagine how angry I would be while reading the last book.

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Sep 12, 2009 added it
AWESOME book; excerpt from fangirl e-mail I sent to the author while reading her book:

Melissa, I must tell you. I'm REALLY REALLY enjoying RADIANT SHADOWS. I'm in the middle of it . . . this one -- and you must know how I loved the others -- but this one is my favorite. It's psychologically fascinating, intellectually interesting, the prose is rich and beautiful and spare, and it's such a layered world that is deep and involved because of the reader's knowledge of this world you created & *set
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
This book centers around Ani, the head Hound Gabriel's daughter and Devlin, Sorcha and Bananach's brother. There is almost no mention of Keenan, Aislinn, or Doniya. I don't mind getting to know more of the characters and the courts, but it is a bit hard for me to keep it all straight. I think they said in the book that Keenan was missing, but I have no idea when that happened. I did like seeing more about the Hounds and Gabriel's children. The idea of the Hound's "steeds" is pretty interesting. ...more
Lorena Lopez
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing

One of the biggest things I noticed about Radiant Shadows, if not the first, was that it was lighter than Ink Exchange. You wouldn't think anything surrounding the Dark Court could be taken in such a manner. But as I closed the cover of the book, I found myself feeling...well...happy. This isn't a feeling I normally associate with the Wicked Lovely stand-alones, but it just felt so right. There's such a feeling of triumph and completion to be had when this book is finished, it's just blissful. I
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This was the best one since Wicked Lovely. Also the first one since Wicked Lovely to have a decent ending. I actually considered not reading it because after reading Fragile Eternity I was pretty upset with the series and just wanted to skip to Darkest Mercy and be done with it. I am glad I didnt.

This is the second book in the series not to focus on Ash, Seth, and Keenan, although Seth was in it quite a bit. Books 1, 3, and 5 focus on that aspect of the story, while books 2 and 4 take a bit of
Julie Zantopoulos
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2017
Seriously, it’s ridiculous how much I’m enjoying the reread of this series. This book in particular I really loved. Ani and Devlin are amazing characters and I loved seeing more of the world and drama unfold without a focus on Ash and Keenan who were, honestly, starting to annoy me. I am obsessed with The Hounds and their Steeds and with Iri Niall and the dark court. Give me more! I don’t want to read the next book and have the series be over.
Ellz Readz
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
My thoughts...Once again Melissa Marr whisks readers off to a magical world where the veil between Moral and Faerie worlds is thin. She uses her writing talents to manipulate readers into falling for, even rooting for, the characters in the story, even when its the villain. Radiant Shadows shifts focus from Aislinn and Seth to Ani, daughter of Gabriel and Devlin, the high Queen's Bloody Hands. The characters were brilliantly written. I felt sympathy for Devlin; felt his indecision as he is torn ...more
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
As big of a fan as I am of the other books in this series, I didn't immediately jump on this book when I got it. I wasn't particularly intrigued about Ani and I didn't know Devlin - so the draw to read their story wasn't there initially. However, when I picked up the book yesterday and immersed myself back in Marr's world of Faerie, I was completely entranced.

The book was made all that more special by featuring my favorite faeries of books past - Niall, Seth and Irial - their inclusion and that
Thomas Edmund
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
By now Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series has reached a tipping point where readers either get hooked, or start to forget exactly who all the characters are, what they’re doing and why they care about it.

I don’t want to come across too harsh, Radiant Shadows begins much stronger than probably any other of her books, the prose is tighter, the scenes are (slightly) more vivid and we see the beginnings of some intricate, interesting plotlines.

Unfortunately Radiant Shadows quickly descends into the
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
So I've been fairly itching to know where this series would go after the third book--Fragile Eternity--came out last year and utterly realigned my loyalties as far as the faery courts go. Well, that's perhaps not entirely accurate. They were already leaning heavily in that direction after Ink Exchange. But the developments in Fragile Eternity cemented the shift so firmly, I wondered if I would ever recover my early fondness for some characters or if, alternately, anything on God's green earth wo ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who has stuck with the series through the first three
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May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Radiant Shadows book 4 of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series is my favorite. It is the story of Devlin, keeper of order in Faerie and Ani, halfling daughter of Gabriel, Hound keeper of order of the Dark Court. As a young child Ani, Tish and Rabbit were hidden safely as their mother was killed in the mortal world. They were taken in and protected by the previous Dark Court King, Irial. Ani is now beginning to change, but she needs both the emotions of the Dark Court and skin touch like the Hound ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but "not bad" is definetely not what I expect from mrs Marr, I thought I was reading another writer. Throughout the Wicked Lovely series we saw strong heroes and heroines that take matters into theis own hands, make tough desicions, challenge fate ( if there is really one ) wove their own paths, and be brave when it's time to pay the price for the choices they made. All these things are the ones that made this series extaordinary.
So I don't understand mrs' Marr choise to make the 4th b
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-bookshelves
This might be my favorite book of the series so far! I just love Devlin and Ani!
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Plot - 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is full of intrigue, drama, betrayal and death. The books in this series have a slow pace in general but they're still easy to read and addictive. I specially liked the new kinds of magic introduced in this one.

Writing Style - 4 out of 5 stars
I really like Marr's writing style. It feels very deliberate as you read and it's incredibly detailed. The POV of these books are always changing and the voices all sound distinc
Kathy - Books & Munches
> I really did not care about this installment all that much. More new characters, barely any appearances by the characters I love and cherish and.. well.. I simply read it to get it over and done with, hoping the final installment would make it okay again.

> New characters are basically Devlin - someone we haven't met before as far as I recall - and Ani. The latter made some appearances in other books but nothing very mention-worthy. I liked her character back then and did some now, but.. I simp
May 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2010
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Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, reread, own
Every time a new character is added in this series, I fall even more in love.

Radiant Shadows introduces two new POVs: Devlin, the brother to Sorcha and Bananach; and Ani, a half fey-half human of the Dark Court that has unusual abilities. These two are tied together by their mutual friend Rae, but also because years ago Devlin was commanded to kill Ani by Sorcha and he refused to kill a child.

As Bananach continues to pursue war, and the Dark Court becomes increasingly unstable. Ani must flee i
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adults
Radiant Shadows is the last installment published in the Wicked Lovely series and I loved it. It was amazing. Couldn't put it down, I must say my fav in the series so far.

Many things happen in this book, a lot of changes and surprises. What was great about this book was that you get to see a lot more characters like Niall, Seth and Irial. And Ani's evolution through the book was great, loved to see her become stronger and stronger with every page. The chemistry between Ani and Dev was great. I l
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have wanted to read the next book in this series, since I finished Wicked Lovely. Radiant Shadows was like a brand new books, that has nothing to do with the series, other then it was written by the same other as the other three books and it shared a themed book cover. I had no clue what was taking place in this book. The characters were all new to me and the story line did not connect to the prior book. There might have been one of two mentions of Seth, Ash and Queen Mab but that was it. All ...more
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
First off, I will say this is probably my favorite fairy series to date. I love the whole Wicked Lovely series, including this book. I just wish she would have ventured out a little more to the other characters I like to much! But overall, it was a great book that hooked me from the start and kept my immersed throughout.
This one was pretty interesting although I wouldv'e liked to know what's going on with Ash, Keenan, and Donia. I guess Keenan is missing?
I'm glad that Ani and Devlin was able to find a way to be together and at first I was worried about how Seth would get back but it seems I didn't need to.
I'm curious how all this will affect the courts in mortal world though.
Nov 15, 2009 added it
I'm soo excited, been loving wicked lovely since the beginning ...more
My Thoughts:

I thought about waiting until tomorrow to write my review but there's alot of info to take in & I wanted to write it while it was still fresh in my mind.

First, Aislinn, Keenan, Donia & a few other characters are completely absent in the fourth addition to this series. Apparently Keenan is off playing hooky somewhere. Not that I'm complaining. I am beyond sick of this Aislinn/Seth/Keenan love triangle, not to mention I'm pretty disgusted with Aislinn right now after all that crap that
Gail Carriger
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
The following review pertains to the uncorrected proof in paperback. I'm the first to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the first in this series, Wicked Lovely. With its angsty Twilight-esk main characters it certainly caught the imagination of readers, but I've never been one for the emo girl. For one thing, I fail to understand why any immortal would want anything to do with that kind of sulky immature behavior. I'm only in my 30's and already try to stay well shod of it. I should also state for th ...more
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
By far my favorite book of the series!

This fae series is one of a kind. Each novel could possibly stand alone, but the series is better savored if read in the order of release. The Wicked Lovely Books are not your average tale of twinkling fairies of hope and love. The fae in these stories are dangerous, destructive and lethal. Their world isn't sunshine and rainbows, it's despair and longing. It's so richly layered, so stunningly crafted, I was just taken aback by the entire thing. I didn't put
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I have been going back and forth on the rating for this one and I decided on 4 stars. I give it 4 because the more I think about it the more I love how Marr is setting this up for a finale. This book enters around two minor characters that you met briefly in her previous book, but by the end of this one they turn out to be major players in her faery world. I knew that Radiant Shadows would not focus on Seth and Ash so I went thinking that this one would be a side story like Ink Exchange, but I n ...more
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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Wicked Lovely (5 books)
  • Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
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