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A Shiver of Light Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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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.
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“This [faerie] society is one of the most detailed, imaginative, and lovingly drawn in all fantastic fiction, and the Meredith Gentry series has become something special.”—San Jose Mercury News
About the Author
Laurell is also the author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series which includes Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt, Bullet, Hit List, Kiss the Dead, and Affliction.
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425255662
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425255667
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #246,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first let down is that everything seems to happen in the last 3 chapters. We've gone 40 chapters of repetitive dialogue and unnecessary character description, and missed opportunities for a great book, to land at the end with so much happening, almost no explanation, just gave a rushed ending feel. The major event was very sad, and there was no preparing for it, but it's wrapped up so quickly, that you barely have time to realize what happened. A bit more surrounding that plot point, as well as the issues with Andais & Taranis would have made for a better book. The lengthy descriptions of people we already know, and the slow moving chapters were just too much filler, constantly. Also, the repetitive signs of the roses, and other such things, became really annoying. Oh and the babies! We don't really see any of Merry being pregnant and with her men, we really don't see the relationships that the men are developing with the babies, all of these things are happening outside of the reader's perception. We really get brief glimpses of them, and when we do it's not really about them, its usually Merry going into some tizzy about one thing or the other. Which brings me to another point, Merry is constantly crying and hysterical now? Really?
I think several things need to happen to get this series back on track, and this honestly goes for her Anita Blake series as well. LKH desperately needs to go back and read every book in the series, with a lot of focus on the books that made people fall in love with the series in the first place. Then, I think she needs a great editor who is invested in the series, and also able to point out the flaws in character development and repetitiveness that are plaguing these books. I've heard that this is the last book on her contract that allows for no editing, and I am hoping that is accurate information. Writer's alway have problems editing their own content, because they're too invested in what they've written, and can't take a few steps back from it to accurately assess issues. And finally, I think that she needs to take some of herself out of the books. I can't help but feel like she is writing her own personality, wishes and fantasies too heavily into these characters. Yes, these books come from author's imaginations and experiences, but the characters are supposed to be given life through the author, not the author plopping themselves into the book, if that makes sense.
I hope that she gets it together over there, and brings back the spark and creativity that made her great in the first place. Otherwise, she will soon lose me, and other fans who have been there from the beginning.
LKH is in desperate need of an editor.
There is absolutely no action until you are 90% through the book. Just when it starts to get interesting she...
Kills off one of her best characters. My personal favorite of the series. What really angers me is that this character doesn't even get the great death that he deserves. Then, to add insult to injury, Merry's reaction is to behave like she will avenge him and then does nothing more than interview the trigger man. What???
Almost all of the plot in this book happens during the wrap up description at the end.
The book could have been great. Instead it feels bored and forced.
I am going to pretend I never read this book and let it end on book 8 for me.
LKH has a brilliant creative mind but she doesn't seem to care enough about Merry and her family to do them the justice they deserve. I've never been this thoroughly disappointed in a writer. I really loved both the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books.
The Anita Blake series turned into what seems to be the author's personal infatuation with and exploration of polyamory. The more the stories focused on the dynamics of the poly lifestyle, the more the characters became untrue to themselves.
This series has left the same bad taste in my mouth. It feels like a Game of Thrones wannabe.
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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.
The overall feel of the story to me is that the magic that was prevalent in the previous books was just not as important to the writer as knowing about c sections and post birth hormones. Such a shame.
I also regret the passing of one of my favourite characters. To conclude if you intend to continue with this series it's worth reading. It's not a great example of the series and I hope the follow up book will be better.