Series: Meredith Gentry Book #9
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Blurb: 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.
Thoughts: Laurell K. Hamilton is my absolute favorite author – no holds barred. And okay, I know a lot of people have been really upset waiting for the next Merry book – especially feeling like Merry needed her ‘turn’ and Anita has and plenty of books. I have wanted another Merry book for awhile too, but to be completely honest I love LKH, and no matter which series she is putting out I will be content. I love Anita Blake AND Meredith Gentry – and I dread the end of either series.
If you’re looking for spoilers and lots of details, you won’t find it here. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone. But I will say that many of you are going to be so very happy to have some answers to some of your questions – particularly when it comes to….(drum roll, please!)…..the babies, babies, BABIES! We FINALLY get to meet Merry’s babies – and by far that was the best part of the story for me!…..It seems like forever since we found out about her pregnancy! King Taranis, as well as Queen Andais, make appearances in the book – of course! – but I think there are some shocking surprises in store for readers. Things you would never see coming in a million years!
The bad part – and let me re-emphasis how much I LOVE LKH! – this really wasn’t my favorite Merry book. Considering all the hype for this book, I just think it fell short of the mark for me…..it just didn’t have the magic behind it like the previous ones. To me, when LKH said her muse wasn’t really into a Merry book – reader’s should have listened. I wasn’t really mad, because when you push an author, and that muse isn’t in gear – we get a book that isn’t as potent as it should be. Good addition…and definitely one that just cannot be missed in this series!