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

December 2, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy 0 ★★★★

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry, #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Merry Gentry #9
Published by Bantam Press on June 3rd 2014
Number of Pages: 380
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

I love this series because of the wide variety of Fae we get introduced to. And the Fae are not the sweetness and light that some stories and cartoons make them out to be. They are the stuff of the original dark fairytales. There are other reasons I love the series, but most of them fall into a guilty pleasure area.

Taranis finally falls into madness in a way everyone around him can see it, whether or not they choose to. Except of course most humans, because they are not around him all the time like the Fae. And Andais is slightly less crazy in this book. None of the torture or killings she has been famous for in the previous books. This would be because she wants to be allowed to meet Merry’s children. As well as the fact she is no longer trying to get Merry to kill her.

There are a few explicit sex scenes in the book, and at one point you are going to want a box of tissues handy. But most of the book revolves around the new babies and their magic. As well as the Taranis story-line. All the old favorite characters are in this book, as well as a few characters we haven’t seen much of in a while, and characters we didn’t get to know well. I loved the scene with Aisling, and he has a few different moments in this book.

If you’ve read the previous books, you should read this one. If you like books with a wide variety of Fae that aren’t sweetness and light, and don’t mind sex scenes, you should read this series.


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