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Quickie Review: Old Habits

Old Habits by Melissa Marr is a short novella in the Wicked Lovely series. It was released in the U.S. in eBook format only, published by HarperCollins, on January 11, 2011. It is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $1.99 and it is also available from other online booksellers.

Brief description from HarperTeen:

Melissa Marr returns to the ravishing world of Faerie with a story set between her bestselling novels Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

Recently anointed king of the Dark Court, Niall struggles to forge a new relationship with his subjects—and with the former Dark King, Irial, his once-friend, once-enemy, and now possible-advisor.

Old Habits is a short novella, of ten chapters, that focuses on the relationship between Irial, the former Dark King, and Niall, the new King of the Dark Court. It is set between the events taking place in Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

Irial and Niall have had a long and rocky history. Irial, who is now serving as Niall’s adviser and protector, must learn to take a subservient role now that Niall is beginning to accept his status as the new King. It’s not an easy adjustment for either, and in trying to protect Niall, Irial makes some decisions behind the King’s back that do not sit well with the new ruler. This short story expands upon this transitional period as roles become reversed.

This is another incredible short story by author Melissa Marr that allows fans of this series to get one more look at two of their favorite characters, Irial and Niall. In Stopping Time we got to see these two dealing with each other and their feelings for Leslie and in this story we see how a brief power struggle plays out as Niall finally accepts that he is meant to be the Dark King.

Old Habits does require readers to be familiar with the Wicked Lovely series, and specifically the characters of Niall and Irial and the stories that involve them. There are a number of references to other characters and events that have taken place in the series. And an understanding of the dynamic between these two characters is important for readers to truly enjoy this story.

This eBook download also includes a sneak peek at the upcoming book Darkest Mercy.

Reviewer gives this novella [rating=5]

On a personal note:

Originally I was team Summer Court, but as the series has progressed, I am totally in league with the Dark Court and especially Irial and Niall. I am so glad that Ms. Marr chose her short stories to be about these characters as they have become my favorites and the ones I will miss most when the series ends next month.

Although this story did not involve the love triangle with Leslie, it was nice to see, from both points of view, how Irial and Niall interacted when Niall was the one with all the power.

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Darkest Mercy, the final book in the series will be released on February 22, 2011. It will be released in harcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats from Amazon and as a hardcover from Barnes & Noble. Check back here for the review after release.

A bunch of cool extras from the Wicked Lovely series are available at HarperTeen, including videos, podcasts and ringtones.

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