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A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry) Hardcover – 3 Jun 2014
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Lots of action, royal faerie court intrigue, love, and loss. Fresh Fiction
The ending of the book blew me away Brilliant. The Flutterby Room
Worth waiting for. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The world-building remains spectacular. Kirkus Reviews"
"Lots of action, royal faerie court intrigue, love, and loss."--Fresh Fiction
"The ending of the book blew me away...Brilliant."--The Flutterby Room
"Worth waiting for."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The world-building remains spectacular."--Kirkus Reviews
-Lots of action, royal faerie court intrigue, love, and loss.---Fresh Fiction
-The ending of the book blew me away...Brilliant.---The Flutterby Room
-Worth waiting for.---St. Louis Post-Dispatch
-The world-building remains spectacular.---Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The multi-million copy selling author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series makes her long-awaited return to the dangerously addictive and scarily sensual world of faerie princess Merry Gentry...See all Product description
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My recommendation, if you've not read this series go back to the beginning and read the first one. If you have read all the other books, well, I'd say save your money and find a new series as I wish I had done. I believe this one is flailing beyond rescue.
All the same, happy reading.
Merry and her men are back in the human realm but things are anything but quiet ! Merry was raped by King Taranis and is about to give birth. Her babies will need to be protected but the question of just who the father or fathers are is going to prove to be an interesting one. At a time when Merry should be most at peace she's even more vulnerable than ever. Her aunt will want to meet the babies but can Queen Andais really be trusted? Her idea of fun usually involves pain, degradation and blood so letting her spend time with the newest members of her family is not a great idea. Then of course there's King Taranis who seems determined to claim he is the father and there's no way that Merry will want him around but as he's able to manipulate dreams that's not going to be easy. As for the babies ? Well they are going to be much more of a handful then anyone ever expected! I've always enjoyed this series but this story had a distinctly different tone . It has less action then some of the previous books and much less bedroom activity! Sometimes the protracted sex scenes can get a little unbelievable and it was nice to just wallow in the relationships that connect Merry and her men. There's tragedy here but it just happens so quickly that it didn't really resonate with me if honest. I thought it a shame as it's a character that never really seemed to experience much joy and I wanted more for that person .
Would I recommend this book? Yes if you have already read the rest of this series. It's not my favourite in this series and I absolutely hated that the birth was glossed over, from back ache to after the birth? Really? I just felt disappointed with that . There's enough magic happening to make the story flow but I do still have questions. The solution to the King Taranis problem felt a little too quick for me but it's a complicated world that the Fae inhabit so I'm happy to go with the flow.
I fell in love with this series even more than I fell in love with Anita Blake's and always enjoyed the constant twists and turns and loved the shocks of destiny that it used to present us with.
Yes, used to present us with...! I am so very sorry that the author has written this book. It ruins the series in so many ways it should be considered a crime to the genre!
-this is a hardback with 372 pages;
-there is only one thing that happens in the whole book that we did not know about already;
-the book is a waste of time with no plot - we expected that a pregnant woman at some point will eventually give birth so that can not be called a plot;
-where I have read previous books in a matter of hours as I couldn't put them down it took me a whole week with this one and if I could get the time back somehow I would;
Story line no-jokes:
-we loved the nice little shocks and when Doyle and Frost announced their love for each other it was great. More and more people continue doing that - and very boringly keep talking about the fact that it's brotherly love or just keep staring in each other's eyes... and nothing else;
-after we all thought that the boring mortality issue was left behind and in previous books was kind of hinted that it's not an issue any more, somehow the talk is back again - just talk as usual and more and more talk. Fascination with the immortal is kind of killed off if they are mortal, isn't it? We know everything about mortality - who wants to hear some more? Oh, yes, I don't need a book for that - I can just put the news on...
-big bust is the new thing for women - it's repeated on multiple occasions how the princess collects stares with hers. It was described as very big before and apparently, now her being a mommy, it has gone way beyond that... Way to encourage you to feel that you don't need a plastic surgery? Mmmmm,... naa-aah...
The single positive thing - the author has added in between the pages and pages of nothing several 'doors' that the story line could possibly go through in the next book. After finishing the last page it all felt not as a book in it's own right but as a lengthy and quite expensive at £18.99 preparation for the next book.
My recommendation - you don't need to read this. The next book will mention at the beginning the few small steps that this book took anyway. The author could make us all very happy if she would only sit down and write a book overflowing with action as she used to do. The last few books have been very plain, predictable and down right boring. It feels like she can't be bothered doing research and adding thrilling undercurrents in her stories any more - just publishing a book every now and then to get some money in the bank. It felt especially sad reading about Merry discussing joining the media circus because it will make money even though that no one wants to do it. It was like the author was spilling her heart - don't want to write this but need the cash...
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