A Shiver of Light (Meredith Gentry Series #9)

A Shiver of Light (Meredith Gentry Series #9)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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Merry Gentry, ex–private detective and full-time princess, is now the mother of triplets, a rarity in the high ranks of faerie. And not everyone is happy about it, including Taranis, King of Light and Illusion. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. To save herself and her children, Merry will use

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Merry Gentry, ex–private detective and full-time princess, is now the mother of triplets, a rarity in the high ranks of faerie. And not everyone is happy about it, including Taranis, King of Light and Illusion. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. To save herself and her children, Merry 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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/15/2014
In this long-awaited sequel to 2009's Divine Misdemeanors, homegrown American faerie princess (and former PI) Meredith (Merry) NicEssus gives birth to enchanted triplets. But she knows from bloody experience that life in the faerie court is far from fairy-tale perfect. The constant target of ruthless relatives, Merry, along with her consorts and the other faerie who chose exile in the human world, has to be ready for dangers coming her way. VERDICT After a five-year hiatus, best-selling author Hamilton returns with a spellbinding series follow-up. Her ingeniously imaginative worldbuilding, erotically inventive plot, and dark lyrical narrative are still impressive and don't lessen now that Merry is a mom. Fans will rejoice as the author puts Merry and her merry men through their paces in and out of the bedroom. For new readers, the series, which has a strong R rating, should be read in order.—Debbie Haupt, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., St. Peters, MO
From the Publisher
“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

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
Fae princess Merry Gentry is about to give birth to triplets at the ad hoc Court she's established in Los Angeles, giving rise to political and personal complications across the faerie world and threatening those closest to her. Merry, born Princess Meredith NicEssus, is the first faerie princess born on American soil, with bloodline ties to both the Seelie and Unseelie Royal Courts. Having survived countless assassination attempts, she fled to California and lived a mortal life as a private investigator for years, but recently, her magic has awakened, and she has established her own household with powerful lovers while creating alliances with other supernatural beings. Both Fae Courts are likely ruled by infertile leaders, causing infertility in the population, so many faeries are following Merry to LA and pledging their allegiance to her, hoping she will help them bear children of their own. Meanwhile, her enemy, King Taranis, is using both magical and legal means to get Merry under his influence, all while Merry and her stable of lovers are settling in to life with three babies, from two different fathers. Paranormal superstar Hamilton returns to her Merry Gentry series with the same storytelling imbalance that affects most of her books these days: There's too much boring sex, talking about sex, and Merry waxing rhapsodic about her many, many lovers. We catch occasional glimpses of Hamilton's brilliant storytelling and compelling imagination, and the worldbuilding remains spectacular, with its many amazing physical and spiritual details—when we get to see it. Hamilton grew her reputation on her action-packed, supernatural storytelling and eroticism, and while we get slivers of it, we have to wade through too much banality to get there. A shadow of Hamilton's greatness, but avid fans waiting for the continuation of Merry's story will still buy it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698146631
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Meredith Gentry Series , #9
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
9,529
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris

“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

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

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, Affliction, Jason, and Dead Ice.


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Education:
B.A., Marion College
Website:
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

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A Shiver of Light 3.4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 182 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have waited years for another installment in this series and I wish that the series had ended with the last book. Much of the book was repetitive, although the play on inter-personal relationships was nice, I don't appreciate her pulling such a startling ending in the last few chapters with very little build up or going against her previous books, why is there now suddenly a third baby? Why do her men not heal anymore? Why is she deemed "ruthless" but not actually ruthless in her actions to protect those that she loves? You're telling me that the goddess went through all the trouble to help her only to abandon her when she need her help the most? Too many inconsistencies between her books and a complete let down, if you liked this series pretend this book doesn't exist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Laurell K. Hamilton's first books in the Anita Blake series. They were raw and real and made me love her as an author. Her latest books have been a disappointment; this book included. The long awkward conversations in the middle of her sex scenes where every one restates everyone else and bring up things that constantly break the mood of the story. The reiterations of every line that the characters repeat ad nauseam. The rushed endings and the missing details that leave you wondering if Hamilton is writing because she loves it or because she has to meet a deadline. it is almost like there is a word count that she has to meet and all through the book she throws in as many nonsense and unnecessary thoughts and dialogues to make the word count, then when she gets to the end, she just throws something together so she doesn't go over. the last chapter of the book was so unfulfilling that it left a bad taste in your mouth. So many things left unsaid that should have been wrapped up and clarified. She might as well have ended the series with the last book. a whole lot of rose petals and crying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think Hamilton went back and read her previous books. Many questions were answered in previous books that were brought up again in this book, like the issue if Merry's mortality. In the 3rd or 4th book Merry duels with another Sidhe and wins and the sidhe doesnt die, which is supposed to show that Merry is no longer mortal. This is just on of many inconsistency in this book though.... So many unanswered questions by the end of this book and no plot until the last couple of chapters make me glad i used a gift card for this book. Definitely NOT worth the wait. Dont waste your money folks....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” It should be noted that I’m usually the fan who stands up for Laurell’s work when others bash it, but there’s no defending this piece of rubbish. It’s the worst book I’ve read from her, period. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I was hoping for something frame-worthy. The good: We have babies! And we get to see them born. And . . . yeah, that's about it for the good. The bad: Everything else. This book is one big, ugly canvas covered in layers of info dumping, beat-you-over-the-head repetition of character descriptions, a few scenes of unappealing smexiness, and a lot of emotional splatter framed by pieces of weak plot (the births, “visits” from whackadoodle relatives, court drama, and the pointless death). Seriously, y'all. Just get on the waiting list at the library or buy the paperback when it comes out. It won't be worth the wait, but at least you will have saved some money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been five years since the publication of Divine Misdemeanors and this novel was NOT worth the wait. 90% Filler. 10% Plot. GIven the numerous plot inconsistencies, I question whether Hamilton even re-read the earlier books before starting this one. I still can't waited FIVE YEARS for ... this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read this book , I got the feeling laurell wrote herself in a corner and could not find a good way out. A waste of money and time on a book that seem to be thown together and not well thought out. Laurell what were you thinking you are better then this piece of work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I loved this entire series, but if I knew it would end like this I don't know if I would read it. I have waited so long for this book and it was a dud. I just finished it about 30 minutes ago and I can't even remember a note worthy scene. The book made me angry and let down, and to top it off the end of it didn't promise any future books and it left you either wanting to throw your phone, nook, our book our three window. I guess I can be sort of glad about no more books because I will definitely not pay $12 for another from this series. Makes me almost not want to purchase the next Anita Blake novel that she writes if it was as rushed as this....almost. So basically, no "epic" fighting, no cool magic, no sex, boring, merry cries all the time and out of the 350 some pages only about 15 of them are interesting. So upset!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Merry books and even bought a second set for my nook. I was shocked by the lack of content and how often scenes and plots were re used. Whoever edited this book did a very poor job in allowing phrases to be repeated multiple times as well as details to be explained three or four times in one chapter. Time for a new editor to prevent junk feom getting published!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really dissappointed in the book. I am shocked she killed Sholto off and the ending was horrible. What the hell happened. I love the Merry books but this one was not worth the wait.
ladytas1 More than 1 year ago
I was about to buy this book, been waiting so long for it to come out. but after reading you guys review of the book i will go to the library and save my money. So sad 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The years waiting for this book left me worried how the book would be. Now that it is hear and I have read it I am again at odds with myself. The good points of the book 1. Merry gives birth and we get to meet the babies 2. We finally know who the dads are. 3. We learn a little more about the men. 4. We learn a little more about the goddess working through Merry to help the humans soldiers. 5. we learn more about Biddy and Nicca's baby and more about Mauve's baby. Now for the bad 1. for every question answered 5 more come up. 2. Some of Merry's men are now mortal but no answer as to why 3. The book felt unfinished if this is the last one it sucks for an ending. 4. The book felt like it jumped around alot 5. at least 30 pages of this book are repeated statements over and over again like I forgot in a chapters time. Over all not a bad book but I wanted more after so long of a wait it just felt so rushed. I love merry and her men and I really hope there is more room come because there are way to many unanswered questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved het books and liked her books but this time I wonder did Laurell even write this one.  I hated this book!  I hope if there is ever another book for this series she can undo the damage, maybe this book was  just a very bad dream and start over.  I believe that will be the only way to make this worth the money.  Thou I will never preorder any more of her book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this one. I've lover her stuff up until this point but this one just seemed rushed. Almost like she just had to meet a deadline. Not much of a storyline and almost no action in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting for years to find out what happens to Merry and her guards this is what we get? What did the author do? Have really bad Thai food and use the time she was trapped on the commode to churn out this turd of a book? Never again.....
Cerulean_Talon More than 1 year ago
I have never been so angry as I was after reading this book. There is so much senseless pain and cruelty in the real world, why would you put such senseless death in a fiction novel. The rest of the series had hope and life and though, yes, this did have hope and life in it, it was entirely unnecessary to have such a pivotal character die for no reason. There was no gain from his death. No positive light shown on his demise, which came in the last few chapters. This just cast a hideous light on the whole book that it makes you wonder who the author is going to kill next. Who of either of her series is she going to kill for no apparent reason just because he has some physical imperfections, or because he wasn't absolutely necessary to the plot of the story?
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series is one of my favorites. With lots of sexy fae, mystery, and incredibly damaged (and demented) rulers, Merry’s life is never boring. I didn’t even mind the wait (ahem, sort of) between A Shiver of Light and the previous one, Divine Misdemeanors. There were so many plot threads left open (babies and daddies and old magic) that I felt I had to find out what happened. I should note that it is fairly important to read the books of this series in order. Too many moving parts, an abundance of characters, and incredibly complex world-building may make reading A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton far too confusing without the history provided in previous books.As always, Laurell K. Hamilton comes through! Just wish it wasn't so long between novels!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was it for me with this author. Like others have stated, this series, and the Anita Blake series started out great. Wonderful plotlines, great character development, etc......then who knows what happened. This series made a a HUGE wrong turn starting with this book, and AB series? Well, that went on a nose dive quite a few books back. Last one I bothered with was Skin Trade. This book felt like a jumbled hot mess of repeated stuff..forgotten storyline (Merry was no longer mortal!) and the quickest, "tie up those loose ends with no explanation really" ending ever. I'd love a refund because I feel cheated. This was not a book of the same quality as the rest of the Merry Gentry series, it was a joke at the readers unfortunate expense. Will be the last time it works on me..
Annique5 More than 1 year ago
After waiting 4yrs, this is what we got? It seems Laurell Hamiton was hitting the wine a little too much. Conversations were literally repeated through the book and she wrote what Merry's "favoritest" place is:/ Did the editor even glance at the book, or were they I imbibing with Laurell? Honestly I thought this book could be a drinking game. Have a shot every time someone says, "What do you mean?" or "I don't understand?" Double shot when Merry says it. I've read every book and that is why I hung in there, but if she's lost her desire to write then just stop. Don't give us this slop. Seriously, 5 pages spent describing and inexplicable crying jag. Less effort was used with one of her lover's murder. God I hope she's embarrassed for releasing this tripe:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems forced. Kept reading and expecting the quality of the last novels. I didn't find it in this one. Lots of repetition. I love this author. I just wanted more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed!! Expected more from this book after waiting so long. I am tired of all her books always needing to be filled with repeated explanations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WANT MY MONEY BACK! After all this time and I get another book with 3 or 4 pages of physical descriptions and unnecessary Anita Blake type banter! It's absurd! We should rally and requested refunds on this book. It's like Hamilton didn't really put any effort into this book. I'm vexed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please tell me that was not the end.I understand leaving a bit to the imagination,but come on .Your killin me here! I personally need a little more resolution then that.I am hoping really hard for one more book,at least.I love these characters and would like to see them hanging in the wind.Which is where I felt they were in the end.
drqangel More than 1 year ago
Two years I've waited for this book. Two years of anticipation only to be horribly let down. The majority of the book is spent with Merry talking about how much she loves Doyle and Frost. There's hints of jealousy from the others because she doesn't love them as much. Then there's the reveal of an intimate relationship between Frost and Doyle. The surprise of the third baby made no sense either. Especially when it adds nothing to the story. I spent the whole book confused about where this was going and unfortunately, I couldn't finish. I made it to chapter 35 and gave up. Ms Hamilton has spent so much time writing the Anita Blake series which should have gone away after the fourth book and no time on Meredith's which, in my opinion, was a much better series. Good luck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not good. And a horrible ending. I used to like Laurel, but this was dreck