Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton

 A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton
2007, Ballantine Books
Series: Book 6 of Merry Gentry

Synopsis:  I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of faerie, onetime private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must first continue the royal bloodline and give birth to an heir of my own. If I fail, my aunt, Queen Andais, will be free to do what she most desires: install her twisted son, Cel, as monarch . . . and kill me.

My royal guards surround me, and my best loved–my Darkness and my Killing Frost–are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the threat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts, I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs.

Now King Taranis, powerful and vainglorious ruler of faerie’s Seelie Court, has leveled accusations against my noble guards of a heinous crime–and has gone so far as to ask the mortal authorities to prosecute. If he succeeds, my men face extradition to faerie and the hideous penalties that await them there. But I know that Taranis’s charges are baseless, and I sense that his true target is me. He tried to kill me when I was a child. Now I fear his intentions are far more terrifying.

The Good: Taranis has been discussed at length many times in the previous books, but we finally get to see him as a major character in A Lick of Frost. Everything mentioned before pales in comparison to the reality of what Taranis is capable of. Things get dark and gritty quickly and Hamilton is the queen of dark and gritty. Some very powerful, emotional, devastating stuff goes on here with Taranis and beyond. Merry experiences bitter joy and deep loss, all in the confines of needed plot progression. Frost's backstory was an important inclusion here, really explaining who he is and why he's different than the other sidhe.

The Bad: This is another shorter book and I sincerely believe it should have been combined with Mistral's Kiss to make one larger novel that would fit better with the flow of the series.

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