You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kins treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heirall for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.
While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.
But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.
I thought I had left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever even if they're magical.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Random House
Hamilton is always makes me vaguely sad- such a fantastic imagination with wonderful concepts but never, ever enough story and always too much pointless, repetitive sex. We get it, the heroine is strong and sexy, but those scenes lose their impact and become eye-rollingly annoying when we follow her into her boudoir over and over in every book.
Add to that an overly breathy, moany narrator and I threw in the towel halfway through. After wading through dozens of Hamilton books to pick out the meaty bits of story, this just might be the last time I indulge in my dirty little secret indulgence. (though I've said that before...)
Incidentally, although I recognize that there are only so many ways to describe certain acts, if I never hear anyone talk about 'spilling' (out of clothes, over passionate edges, etc etc) ever again it'll be too soon. :)
Ok, I started to read Hamilton's Anita Blake series first and then started up with the Merry Gentry series, interested in the world of faerie. I enjoy learning about the politics and the different twists in the plot. I believe that it really does spice it up. What I find doing the exact opposite of spicing up the series is the sex scenes in practically every chapter. I understood her need to have sex when she was trying to get pregnant, but her sexcapades now are completely pointless. I get that she loves her men. Great. But that was just ridiculous.
She wakes up. She has sex. She eats breakfast. She has sex. She goes to change clothes. She has sex. She says 'hi' to one of her lovers, which obviously has to lead to sex. She hasn't seen one of her lovers for two days: of course sex has to be in the plans.
I want to give up on this series, but there is still something that I can't seem to let go of. I think I really just want to know what happens in the courts. I hope the next book is better.
As for the narrator. I like her all in all. I first laughed when I heard her interpretation of a male voice, but grew use to it, allowing me to get more into the plot because its easier to differentiate between the male and female characters when they speak. I can't, however, stand it when she squeals in a high voice when she is quoting a demi-fae. Seriously, I don't know if my ears or my speakers can take it when she does that. Their small and have small voices, I get it. Stop trying so hard.
This book was a disappointment. I've read all of the books in this series and generally enjoy them for their balance of action, politics and mature content. This book, however, seemed to have a lacking storyline and too many love scenes.
I fell in love with the Merideth Gentry series... and everything has been so "edge of your seat".. Everything kinda came to a head in the book before this.. and this book, the characters seem to just be.. Passing time? strangely i'm not as satisfied with this one as I have been. But I still like the series! This book just isn't a favorite of mine.
Disappointing is not a strong enough word for this book. I cannot believe I saved a credit to use in anticipation of this disaster. It should be in the erotica catagory (which is just fine) that way I wouldn't have felt cheated by the complete lack of new plot points or any story at all in between the sex
I have been bespelled by ALL the books i have read by this author until now...the first book i read compelled me to immediately go out and buy every book she had ever wrote. However...this one I don't know. I guess it had its moments and some of those moments repeated each other over and over...sorry.
I love Urban Fantasy, Paranormal romance and dystopian novels. I almost always have either a book in my hands, or an audiobook in my ear!
The book is great, but it sounds like it's being narrated by my grandmother...which is weird in the sex scenes. The entire series is excelent, but maybe better to read in print.
Where's my book?
I found Laural Merlington to be an excellent narrator. She was able to portray numerous characters by altering her voice. It was also wonderful to hear some of these words said aloud, I wasnt sure how they were said.
"Not the best voice over"
As much as i enjoyed this book i think i'd rather have read it myself as the woman's voice was a tad annoying most of the time and her fairy voice really grated at times. Anyone who has read these books will have already built up an image and impression of what they think the characters voices sound like, which is something to always bear in mind with audio books, but this woman didn't do it for me unfortunately. The story however tied up some loose ends and i think marked a good start to getting back to how Ms Hamilton used to write!
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