"My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in fairie - trapped here with some of the realm's most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards...and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne.
"Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.
"Now Mistral, Queen Andais' new captain of the guard, has come to my bed - defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic - mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives, not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.
"If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in fairie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive."
Fairie tales: listen to another Meredith Gentry fantasy.
©2006 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
"Lots of earth-shattering, supernatural sex and a rousing climactic battle will have Hamilton's fans panting for more." (Publishers Weekly)
Another great story. I really love the way these characters are developing slowly as the series progresses. Everyone, especially Frost and Gaylan are getting much better at their initial weaknesses. The sex is much too drawn out and tends to stall the story from moving forward. That's ok though. I can get past the disk-long orgies because the story line is otherwise great. The characters are really good too. I would love it if the narrator would stick with pronouncing the characters names in a consistent way. Doyle was "Doyle" in books one and two, "Dole" in books three, back to "Doyle" in book four, and now back to Dole. I realize the pronunciation guide says that his name is pronounced "Dole", but stick with the same darned name! It's distracting, and quite frankly disrespectful to the author. Not to mention poor Darkness! I wish he'd pop out of the story with Mortal Dread and give the narrator a little slice... :)
I love the story but Laural Merlington flubs up the pronunciation again!! She must of recorded books 3 and 5 together because they have same weird pronunciations of characters, places and key story line components. I'm hoping the book 6 is goes back to how she read in books 1, 2 and 4.
Inconsistent pronunciation from book to book in the series.
Mistral was my favorite lover of Princess Merry, the series is good , get all 8 or you'll be lost, but it well worth it. Lots of lust, fighting, deciete, betrayal and love..
That's about all you get out of this book. Not much of a plot, just sex. So if that's what you like or are looking for, this book has lots of it. Just about the whole first three chapters are nothing but! After that, yes the story gets good! I love her books and HATE having to give such a bad review but you know that's not all that needs to be in a book. Frankly, I could do without all that but that's just my opinion. If you can get past the first three chapters then you will probably like this book.
The entire series is steamy and exotic. If you think reading the books are risque, listening doubles your pleasure!
Continuation of the story line. The wild hunt! King Sholto's tenderness!
The dark gardens......won't spoil it for you.
Ms Hamilton has managed to pack every aspect of Fairy magic into a novella, but never crowd out any of the characters individual powers.
I particularly like the subtle reminders of past story lines interwoven into the ebb and flow of this huge explosion of power!
The changes were so radical and quick that, at least in an audio book version, its difficult to make a distinction between a fav or least fav scene.
My listening habits are piecemeal and I listen whilst traveling to and from work so, although I would have loved to sit and listen to it all at once, my interest was reborn and satisfied over and over again!!
Highly recommended, along with ALL of Ms Hamilton's works. Just a BTW... might want to monitor who in the household reads or listens to this series. Princess Meredith has quite an appetite!
I really like the plot to Hamilton's book however as I said in last review, the sexual descrpitions are getting to be boring. The first 2 hours of this book was between Merry (main character) and Mistral--regardless, I will continue to listen as the author does keep the listeners attention.
This is a weird, disconnected poorly written story. The only reason to give it one star is because the narrator did as good as she did with the story given. It was like an armature story teller was making things up as they went and it gets so bad it turns to a joke. There are much better ways to spend 8 hours.
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