Author: Melissa Marr
Published: April 29, 2008
Age Demographic: YA
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes--not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .
Ink Exchange is a much smoother read, when compared to Wicked Lovely. There is more depth of emotion, heart pounding action, and sorching romance that tinge the delicate pages in sparks and ash and complication. The characters are simply rich and fantastical. The dark lush ethrealness lent to the beauty in imagery, takes readers on a magical dark ride they'll never forget. There is so much lurking in this terrifying dark world of shadows and perilous danger.
Leslie is such an amazing character, the development and growth that Marr put into her, added more depth and layers to the story. The world of "grey" is definitely a prominent element embraced in this novel, which makes it more intriguing and full of mystique appeal. Irial is such a brilliantly fleshed out and beautifully written villain, though I'm not too sure that he actually is as much of a villain as Marr would like for readers to believe. It was interesting getting to see more background on the Dark Courts, witnessing Irial's dealings with his court, and to see the past explained a good deal more where Nial was concerned. I would say that one of the most intriguing things about this novel, is the intricate and emotionally intense history that's introduced between Irial and Nial. It makes the story stronger and adds a sense of depth to it that gives it more dimension.
Melissa Marr's brilliant shining world of fey is both dark and intricate, as the characters and their surroundings. The level of emotional depth written within the pages of Ink Exchange is sure to hit readers with a sucker punch to the gut. There are twists and turns in the plot, subtle hints, and exchanges that are completely unexpected and wonderfully written. She creates this amazing atmosphere that will just leave you breathless and speechless, as you are pulled into her world. It's haunting and delirious, yet truly mesmorizing and beguiling.
The beautiful emotional points this novel drives home are what makes it such a wonderful dark, enchanting read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a darker, edgier, and more gritty look at fantasy and the world of fae. It is definitely worth the read.
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