A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry Series #6)

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Wild magic and wilder sex enliven the seventh heady escapade (after 2007's A Lick of Frost) for half-mortal, half-faerie and pregnant Princess Meredith NicEssus, aka Merry Gentry, as she rides into faerie on a wild hunt for revenge after the death of her ensorcelled grandmother. Merry is still recovering from being raped by her uncle, Seelie King Taranis, and the loss of her transformed lover Frost. Though determined to protect herself and her numerous guards and lovers-including the six fathers of her unborn twins-with every fiber of her generous body, bloody battles with the Seelie Court's minions make her question whether being a faerie queen is worth the price. The dreamy development of the surrealistic fey world puts this installment well above its predecessors; a tidy ending will leave fans wondering whether it concludes the series. (Nov.)

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Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton

A Kiss of Shadows

“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”
–Diana Gabaldon

A Caress of Twilight

“Sensual, without a doubt . . . This book moves like a whirlwind.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Seduced by Moonlight

“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

A Stroke of Midnight

“Nonstop action . . . This book will leave you breathless.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mistral’s Kiss

“Steamy . . . will have Hamilton’s fans panting for more.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615547012
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Meredith Gentry Series , #6
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Meredith Gentry novels: A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral’s Kiss, as well as fifteen acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She is a full-time writer; she lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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Chapter 1

I was sitting in an elegant conference room in the top of one of the gleaming towers that make up part of downtown Los Angeles. The room’s far wall was almost entirely of glass, so that the view was nearly agoraphobic. They’re predicting that if the big one—the big earthquake that is—hits, this section of L. A. will be eight to fifteen feet deep in glass. Anything on the streets below will be cut to pieces, crushed, or trapped underneath an avalanche of glass. Not a pretty thought, but it was a day for ugly thoughts.

My uncle Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, had pressed charges against three of my royal bodyguards. He had gone to the human authorities with charges that Rhys, Galen, and Abe had raped one of his court’s women.

In all the long history of his reign in the Seelie Court he had never gone outside to the humans for justice. Faerie rule; faerie law. Or truthfully, sidhe rule; sidhe law. The sidhe had ruled faerie for longer than anyone could remember. Since some of those memories stretched back thousands of years, maybe the sidhe had always been in charge, but it tasted like a lie. The sidhe do not lie, for to truly lie is to be cast out of faerie, exiled. Since I knew that the three bodyguards in question were innocent, that raised interesting problems with Lady Caitrin’s testimony.

But today we were just giving statements, and, depending on how that went, King Taranis was standing by for a group call. Which was why Simon Biggs and Thomas Farmer, both of Biggs, Biggs, Farmer, and Farmer, were sitting beside me.

“Thank you for agreeing to this meeting today, Princess Meredith,” one of the suits across the table said. There were seven suits across the wide, gleaming table, with their backs to the lovely view.

Ambassador Stevens, official ambassador to the courts of faerie, was sitting on our side of the table, but he was on the far side of Biggs and Farmer. Stevens said, “A word on faerie etiquette: You don’t say thank you to the people of faerie, Mr. Shelby. Princess Meredith, as one of the younger royals, will probably not be offended, but you will be dealing with some nobility who are much older. Not all of them will allow a thank you to pass without grave insult.” Stevens smiled when he said it, his blandly handsome face sincere from his brown eyes to his perfectly cut brown hair. He was supposed to be our voice to the world, but, truthfully, he spent all his time at the Seelie Court sucking up to my uncle. The Unseelie Court where my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, ruled, and where I might rule someday, was too scary for Stevens. No, I didn’t like him.

Michael Shelby, a U. S. Attorney for L. A. said, “I am sorry, Princess Meredith. I didn’t realize.”

I smiled, and said, “It’s fine. The ambassador is correct, a thank-you won’t bother me.”

“But it will bother your men?” Shelby asked.

“Some of them, yes,” I said. I looked behind me to Doyle and Frost. They stood behind me like darkness and snow made real, and that wasn’t far from the truth. Doyle had black hair, black skin, a black designer suit; even his tie was black. Only the shirt was a rich royal blue, and that had been a sop to our lawyer. He thought black gave the wrong impression, made him seem threatening. Doyle, whose nickname was Darkness, had said, “I am the captain of the princess’ guard. I am supposed to be threatening.” The lawyers hadn’t known what to say to that, but Doyle had worn the blue shirt. The color almost glowed against the rich, perfect black of his skin, which was so black there were purple and blue highlights to his body in the right light. His black eyes were hidden behind wraparound black-on-black sunglasses.

Frost’s skin was as white as Doyle’s was black. As white as my own. But his hair was uniquely his own, silver, like metal beaten into hair. It gleamed in the tasteful lighting of the conference room. Gleamed like something you could have melted down and made into jewelry. He had tied the top layer of it back with a barrette that was silver, and older than the city of Los Angeles itself. The dove-gray suit was Ferragamo, and the white of his shirt was less white than his own skin. The tie was darker than the suit, but not by much. The soft gray of his eyes was bare to the room as he scanned the far windows. Doyle was doing it, too, behind his glasses. I had bodyguards for a reason, and some who wanted me dead could fly. We didn’t think Taranis was one of the people who wanted me dead, but why had he gone to the police? Why had he persisted in these false charges? He would never have done all this without an agenda. We just didn’t know what that agenda was, so just in case, they watched the windows for things that the human lawyers couldn’t even begin to imagine.

Shelby’s gaze flicked behind me to the guards. He wasn’t the only one who kept fighting not to glance nervously at my men, but it was Assistant District Attorney Pamela Nelson who was having the most trouble keeping her eyes, and her mind, on business. The men across the table gave the guards the glances men give when they see another man whom they are almost certain could take them physically without breaking a sweat.

U. S. Attorney Michael Shelby was tall, athletic, and handsome, with a gleam of white teeth, and the look of someone who had plans to rise above being the U. S. attorney for the Los Angeles area. He was over six feet, and his suit couldn’t hide the fact that he worked out pretty seriously. He probably didn’t meet many men who made him feel physically weak. His assistant Ernesto Bertram was a slender man who looked too young for his job, and far too serious with his short dark hair and glasses. It wasn’t the glasses that made him look too serious; it was the look on his face, as if he’d tasted something sour. The U. S. attorney for the St. Louis area, Albert Veducci, was here, too. He didn’t have Shelby’s tan. In fact, he was a little overweight, and he looked tired. His assistant was Grover. He’d actually introduced himself only as Grover, so I didn’t know if it was his first, last, or only name. He smiled more than the rest of them and was attractive in that friendly, walk-you-home-on-campus way. He reminded me of guys in college who were either as nice as they seemed or absolute bastards who only wanted sex, for you to help them pass a class, or, for me, to be close to a real live faerie princess. I wouldn’t know which kind of “nice guy” Grover was for a while. If things went well, I’d never figure it out, because I’d probably never see him again. If they went badly, we might see a lot of Grover.

Nelson was the assistant district attorney to the district attorney for Los Angeles County. Her boss, Miguel Cortez, was short, dark, and handsome. He looked great on camera. I’d seen him on the news often enough here. The trouble was that he, like Shelby, was ambitious. He liked being on the news, and wanted to be on the news more. This accusation of rape against my men had all the earmarks of a case that could make your career or break it. Cortez and Shelby were ambitious; it meant that they would either be very cautious, or very incautious. I wasn’t sure which mood would help us the most, yet.

Nelson was taller than her boss, close to six feet in her not-too-high heels. Her hair was a vibrant red that fell in waves around her shoulders. It was that rare shade that is deep, rich, and as close to true red as human hair can get. Her suit was well cut, but conservative and black, her button-up shirt white, her makeup tasteful. Only that flame of hair to ruin the almost mannish exterior she portrayed. It was as if she were hiding her beauty and drawing attention to it at the same time. Because she was beautiful. A sprinkling of freckles underneath the pale makeup didn’t detract from the flawless skin, it added. Her eyes were green and blue at once, depending on how the light caught them. Those undecided eyes couldn’t stop looking at Frost and Doyle. She tried to concentrate on the legal pad she was supposed to be making notes on, but her gaze kept rising, and finding them, as if she couldn’t help herself.

That made me wonder if there was more going on than just handsome men and a distracted woman.

Shelby cleared his throat sharply.

I jumped and looked at him. “I’m terribly sorry, Mr. Shelby, were you speaking to me?”

“No, I was not, and I should have been.” He looked down the table on his side. “I was brought into this as a more neutral voice, but let me ask my fellow members of the bar if they are having trouble forming questions for the princess.”

Several of the lawyers spoke at the same time. Veducci just raised his pencil in the air. Veducci got the nod. “My office has dealt more closely with the princess and her people than the rest of you, which is why I’m carrying certain remedies against glamour.”

“What sort of remedies?” Shelby asked.

“I won’t tell you what I’m carrying, but cold steel, iron, four-leaf clover, St.-John’s-Wort, rowan and ash—either the wood or the berries—have been known to work. Some say bells will break glamour, but I think high-court sidhe won’t be bothered much by bells.”

“Are you saying that the princess is using glamour against us?” Shelby asked, his handsome face no longer pleasant.

“I am saying that sometimes when dealing with King Taranis or Queen Andais, their presence overwhelms humans,” Veducci responded. “Princess Meredith, being part human, though beautiful—” He nodded in my direction.

I nodded at the compliment.

“—has never affected anyone so strongly, but a lot has been happening in the Unseelie Court in the last few days. Ambassador Stevens has filled me in, as have other sources. Princess Meredith and some of her guard have moved up the power grid, so to speak.” Veducci still looked tired, but now his eyes showed the mind inside that overweight, overworked camouflage. I realized with a start that there were other dangers besides ambition. Veducci was smart, and hinted that he knew something about what had happened inside the Unseelie Court. Did he know, or was he fishing? Did he think we’d give something away?

“It is illegal to use glamour on us,” Shelby said, angry. He looked at me now, and his look was no longer in the least friendly. I looked back. I gave him the full force of my tricolored eyes: molten gold at the outer edge, then a circle of jade green, and last emerald to chase around my pupil. He looked away first, dropping his gaze to his own legal pad. His voice was tight with controlled rage. “We could have you arrested, or deported back to faerie for trying to use magic to sway these proceedings, Princess.”

“I’m not doing anything to you, Mr. Shelby, not on purpose.” I looked at Veducci. “Mr. Veducci, you say that simply seeing my aunt and uncle was difficult; am I difficult now?”

“From my colleagues’ reactions, I believe you are.”

“So this is the reaction that King Taranis and Queen Andais have on humans?”

“Similar,” Veducci said.

I had to smile.

“This is not funny, Princess,” Cortez said, his words full of anger, but when I met his brown eyes, they dropped from me.

I looked at Nelson, but it wasn’t me distracting her; her problem was behind me.

“Which one are you staring at the most?” I asked. “Frost or Doyle; light or dark?”

She blushed in that pretty way human redheads have. “I’m not . . .”

“Come, Ms. Nelson, confess, which one?”

She swallowed hard enough that I heard it. “Both,” she whispered.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    A Lick Of Frost- The greatest book along with Acheron!!!!(Shatika)

    A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton is a great book. It is one of her best books in my opinion. The book is well written and very creative! Hamilton adds humor, suspense, magic, and action all together to make a great book. There are many reasons I like this book. The best reason is because it is unpredictable. You can never guess what would happen in one of Hamilton's books because she keeps you on your toes. There were a ton of reversals throughout the story. She also creates some of the best characters. For example I just love Meredith, Doyle, Frost, Rhys, Galen, Kitto, Mistral, King Sholto, Queen Andais, King Taranis, and Queen Niceven. She always remembers the different characters personalities and makes them all unique. She creates some of the best magical creatures also! She has a great story line and this specific book is the best one in the entire series! In this story Meredith was still fighting to become the queen of the Unseelie Court. She had to get pregnant in order to be queen. She finally did get pregnant with children. In this book she raised up ancient magic that caused her and all of the people of faerie to gain power. But in order for them to keep the magic there had to be a sacrifice. That sacrifice happened to be Frost. Frost was one of Meredith's bodyguard/ lovers. He also happened to be one of the father's of her children. He wasn't killed but he was turned into a white stag by magic. Meredith lost Frost in this book and that was what made the book sad. But I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read. This book deserves a big fat TEN!!! I really love it!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Loved the book, love ths series

    I've been slowly but surely making my way through this series (fingers crossed that I will get Swallowing Darkness soon!) and I have never been disapointed!

    I've grown to love all the characters and I mourned the loss of one (I won't mention who) in this novel.

    It's a great book, great characters, love the plot and the writing style. I'm very happy with this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Warm rocks

    Frostclan

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    I actually really enjoy the Merry Gentry series and would like H

    I actually really enjoy the Merry Gentry series and would like Hamilton to continue with it... however, I find the major plot point to be a bit of a disappointment









    STOP NOW IF YOU DON"T WANT SPOILERS AT ALL
    Having mulitiple people be the father of her twins is an extreme cop out. The whole point was that she would get 1 king... and the king may even be someone who wouldn't be a good king. This way Merry gets all the "men she loves" to be with her forever and always and it just seems forced. It completely negates any and all tension that Hamilton tried to build with the series. Also the sex scenes have gotten boring as there is no build up. THere is her talking about each man (in minute detail that she has given us time and time again) and then sex. And to me it seems like bad sex. I am rereading this novel at the moment because the first read I loved it, but upon rereading it, it just seems lazy. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Love all the the books in this series

    I enjoyed all of these books in this series.i loved the steamy romance her discriptions of them make you actually picture it except instead of it being merry you wish it were you lol

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    AWESOME!

    The whole series is a GREAT read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Full of typos

    I greatly enjoy these delightfully trashy books, but the number of typos in this one really ticks me off. If I'm paying the same as I'd pay for the paperback, I should get at least the same production quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    One of her best yet

    Even though i wasnt as happy with all of the outcomes in this one i still feel like its one of her best books yet. There seemed to be a lot more tender emotion than what im used to seeing in either of laurell s series. If you like merry this is a must read

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Love the ending; wish the book had more action!!

    I really love this series, but I wish the author would spend more time on an actual plot then having Merry and one of her guards yet again wade through their emotional turmoil. Every book has discussed who does Merry love more and how the less-favored men handle their pain. This is a considerably smaller book than the rest of the series; it felt more like a building book to the next where all the issues will be dealt with in the next novel. Overall, if you’re looking for a good story that will keep you turning the pages, try this one.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    You can't pick your relitives...

    This book was a big mix of GREAT things and HORRIBLE things. You get a better glimps of the level of insanity Merrys family has reached, highs and lows for her and her men and ofcorse trying to keep everyone from killing her.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Definitely a quickie!

    I found this book on the bargain isle and decided to pick it up. I have heard that Laurell Hamilton is a good author to get into if you like fantasy/romance novels so i gave it a try. I didn't realize that this was the 6th book in a series so coming into it i was a little confused as to why it started out at a court hearing.

    I didn't have a hard time getting into the plot or the characters as there is lenghty description of each. The book was short and very easy to read, however, i think it would have had more of an impact on me if i had started in order of this series. I am however planning on starting at book 1 and continuing on.

    I enjoyed the passion and love that she shares for her lovers. Intriguing to read about gorgeous god-like men in love with a powerful and beautiful princess. It was fun to get lost in a total fantasy world such as the Seelie/Unseelie court.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Lies, Politics, and Sex in the Elven Courts

    Meredith Gentry, half-human, half-eleven heir to the unseelie throne, has taken a different path to power in a court that favors pain, death, and humiliation. Her path, aided by her need to beget a child, involves nearly constant adult interactions with her court, making her a favorite among the unseelie court guards who were forsworn from intimate relations under the current Queen Andais.

    Queen Andais, who has made Meredith her successor, provided Meredith produces a child, does not comprehend why Meredith has garnered such a large male following. Queen Andais tortures a beloved guardian of Meredith's, simply because the Queen is a fully evil unseelie ruler who finds pain entertaining.

    Meredith, who is still working on producing her own heir, has yet to select a King to her Queenship. It is understood this male should be the child's father, and Meredith has several leading favorites, one of whom is called, "Frost."

    Meanwhile, King Taranis, of the Seelie court, has lost his mind, and attempts to murder Meredith during an interview. He believes she will try to take over his court, which, from Meredith's perspective, is not a court of light.

    Ultimately this story is thin, lacking the body and depth of a well made story, and relying on various adult encounters to carry it through. If you like to dwell on the details of intimate fantasy encounters instead of plotline, this story is for you. It lacks some of the more fantastical adult elements found in the pure dark fantasy series. I will likely not read another book by this author, because I'm not impressed by this type of writing, nor interested in dwelling on fantasy intimacy. Many people do, though, so I would imagine this is why this writer made the NYT Best Seller list.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Laurell Hamilton is now my auther in residence!!!

    I have already been taken away by her Anita Blake series now I want to be a Fairy Princess!! I can't put any of her book down. I read them every where.... Lick of Frost was in no why ignorable. I read it in three days!!! It was filled with twist and turns and lots of HEAT!!!I just wish I had found Ms Hamilton earlier... she has a true talent for telling a story.. I can feel what I am reading ..she makes it so easy to fall in love, hate, or what to be her characters. Lick of Frost was great!!!

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    The story is finally moving forward

    This book is a must read. The story line is finally moving forward from Meredith trying to have as much hot play time as possible to get knocked up. The ending is kind of a cliff hanger, I can't wait to get the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2009

    fighting the uncle crazyness

    figered the crazy uncle would get even more crazy

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    My favorite so far

    Wow, the Merry books keep getting better and better. I loved this one the best so far, and am moving on to the latest, Swallowing Darkness. This story was beyond imagination, the worlds and the characters that Ms Hamilton created will be some of my favorite of all time.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Finally back on track

    I was putting off reading this novel since lately most of LKH's work has been mostly about sex with very little story. I was pleasantly suprised with this story and felt like maybe we are getting back to what makes us love both Merry and Anita that they are smart complicated women and not just 2 characters that need to have sex all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    To Short; Hope for another addition

    I really helped close up alot of open questions however i wished there was more of the previous charcters.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    Great Story!

    I have all of the Merry Gentry series and while I have enjoyed all of them, the sex has been more interesting than the story in most of them, and it's interesting to find out when you go from one book to the next only a few days have passed. But, A Lick of Frost finally brings the story to the foreground and Laurell answers some question. The land of Faerie is a little surreal but that is what makes it so imaginative. I think this is my favorite so far. I love all of the characters and Ms. Hamilton's descriptive abilities are incredible. I am definately "elfstruck"!

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Awesom

    I love the way Hamilton has her characters grow, you just never know what turn they will take. And the combination of the action, suspense and romance is breath taking

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