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Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, Book 5): A Novel (A Merry Gentry Novel) Kindle Edition
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My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–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’s 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 faerie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive.
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- ASIN : B000MAHBX2
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (December 12, 2006)
- Publication date : December 12, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 521 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 224 pages
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A big point on the plus side for this novel is that Hamilton does make a major change from her usual pattern: instead of Meredith coming up with a new power at the end of the novel to get her out of another sticky situation, the new power manifests itself early on. In fact, "Mistral's Kiss" is about the consequences of that manifestation in terms of both the interpersonal dynamic of Meredith's bodyguards and the realms of faire. Yes, Meredith takes on new lovers in this book, but the quest to get her pregnant and find a king for a future queen (not to mention deny the throne to Prince Cel), take a back seat to what happens to those who make merry in the princess' bed. The balance of the novel is also decidedly in favor of plot over sex, which is good because I was beginning to feel bad that I was happy every time Queen Andais showed up because it was a guarantee the chapter was not going to be a sex scene. I also liked Sholto, King of the Slaugh, who becomes a much more developed character in this book.
The biggest point against this book remains what it was before I opened it. Now that I have read it I can say that this 211-page novella really should have been the last act of the previous Meredith Gentry novel, "The Stroke of Midnight." That would have raised the rating of that book at least a star, but standing by itself it makes me round down instead of up. The ending here is not as powerful as what Hamilton cooked up for her third book, "Seduced by Moonlight," which is still the standard for the series, but at least it is in the ballpark and provides a more appropriate climax than what we got the last time around. Of course if Hamilton had added another 100 pages to this 2006 novel, there is a good chance that the vast majority of them would have been sex scenes, which just would have been a wash when it came to rating this one. Still, I remain hopeful for the next book in the series because Hamilton has set the stage for more of the ugly power politics that are at the heart of everything happening to Princess Meredith and her growing cadres of bodyguards and/or lovers.
My current hypothesis as to why Hamilton has gone from the emphasis on horror to the preoccupation with sex is that when Anita Blake finally slept with somebody it was one of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read in my life. Flushed with that success, I could see why Hamilton might include more such scenes and keep trying to up the ante. But none of the sex scenes have really matched that first one, mainly because Hamilton spent several years and several novels setting up the big moment. With Meredith Gentry the whole point of the sex is to see who can get her pregnant, so at least each coupling is fraught with multiple implications for the sidhe. But it is the beauty and the horror of what has been lost and what might be regained that is the attraction here, and not the naked bodies glowing from great sex. When I started reading Hamilton I thought she was providing more horrific endings than Stephen King. I would be so disappointed to be reminded instead of what happened with the "Gor" novels of John Norman.
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Just when the storyline really took hold the book ended and for once I almost think I made a mistake in buying an LKH book. Now I will highlight ALMOST, (sorry for the shouty capitals but I had to make a point). The story from the last sex scene onwards stopped me regretting this purchase but, only just. If the rest of the book had been longer and had half the effort put into them as the sex obviously did then my rating would have been so much better.
I really don't like leaving such a negative review for such a fantastic author but I felt, as always, the need to be truthful. I don't want to give any spoilers so I will just say that, as a fan of Doyle there was one saving grace in this book. I will really look forward to the next because of that so I really hope that my faith in LKH is rewarded.
Merry started of as a feisty role model of a modern woman, quite a tough cookie to be precise, she has apparently turned into a total whore with very little character, I appreciate that sex is a large part of the story and this does not bother me, but I do like there to be a story as well as the sex, otherwise I would just buy porn! There appears to be no plot to this book whatsoever, verp disappointed!
A very sad turn to a series that had great potential, RIP Meredith Gentry, I will read no more!