Friday, June 13, 2014

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn't be the only one for much longer...

Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry and, failing that, raped her. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can’t prove it.

To save herself and her babies from Taranis she will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, the Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie—while trying to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

My review:
Laurell K. Hamilton is one of those authors that some folks love to hate.  I am not one of those folks.  If I don’t like your work I vote with my dollars and don’t buy it.  I also trust the author to know where he/she wants to go with the story.  Sometimes I don’t agree but LKH has always turned it around and no loss is without gain.  You will hear extreme opinions about this story.  I figure that means that Ms. Hamilton has done her job.  If she can get you to react that much her work has made an impact.
I along with everyone else waited anxiously for this installment of the Merry Gentry series.  The last book came out in 2009.  We finally get to meet Merry’s babies and get to play who is the Daddy.  Watching Merry’s big strong men deal with dirty diapers is worth the price of the book.  I enjoyed this book and am ever curious to see where Ms. Hamilton takes us next.  I just hope it won’t be so long between books.

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