Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES and continues to thrive with over sixteen volumes to the series and an comic adaptation. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, two pug dogs and one boxer/pug dog.
A Shiver of Light
MERRY GENTRY Book #9
RELEASE DATE 6/3/14!
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
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
I hadn't realized just how much I missed these characters until they were finally back. This book was an unexpected gift. I had thought the series was over, left to just sort of die out with unanswered questions, and then I saw that book #9 was actually going to be released.
When I got asked to read for review I immediately jumped in. There was a lot to love in this book... Some incredibly sweet moments, a lot of healing and some additional character growth, a bit of action (not quite as much as past installments), some tragedy - yes I cried - and a bit of surprise (though it was mostly hinted at from the beginning). It also brought some closure, and yet left openings for either more installments or a spinoff if Laurell is so inclined.
All in all, I was personally happy with it and very glad us long time fans got the chance to step back into this world!
I'd love to tell you all more, but there isn't much I can say in more detail without there being spoilers about how Merry gets back at her uncle, what happens with her crazy aunt, which of Merry's men end up being the father, where the tragedy occurs, what magical gifts her babies end up having (or how many there actually ends up being), what happens with faery, etc.
So let me say this much... you know I was happy with it. Would I recommend it for MERRY GENTRY fans? 100%! Would I recommend it for new readers, yes, but I do believe that the rest of the series should be read in order before you jump into A Shiver of Light.
A Shiver of Light