Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton
A Kiss of Shadows
“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”
“Sizzling . . . Memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun.”
A Caress of Twilight
“Sensual, without a doubt . . . This book moves like a whirlwind.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] sexy, tension-charged dark fantasy mystery.”
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
“Hamilton’s books [are] must-reads.”
–The Denver Post
The Barnes & Noble Review
After a barely thwarted assassination attempt, Princess Merry NicEssus (a.k.a. Los Angeles private eye Meredith Gentry) -- ignores the counsel of her aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, and decides to hold a press conference inside the fairy mounds: a dangerous move for all humans and sidhe involved. As the session is ending, two dead bodies are discovered -- one sidhe, one human. While police and FBI agents swarm the area, Merry's cadre of hunky sidhe guardians must not only track down the killer or killers and pacify the temperamental Queen; they also must find a way to impregnate Merry so that she can become the next Unseelie ruler. But as her sensual experiences begin to affect everyone around her in amazing ways, Merry realizes that with new powers come new responsibilities -- and new temptations.
Although the overall Meredith Gentry story arc isn't advanced that much in A Stroke of Midnight, there are shocking revelations regarding the history of the Unseelie Court, as well as the jaw-dropping consequences of Merry's new powers. Saturated with suspense, mystery, and, of course, Hamilton's famously unbridled eroticism -- A Stroke of Midnight will leave Meredith Gentry fans both utterly satisfied and begging for more. Paul Goat Allen
In A Stroke of Midnight, Laurell K. Hamilton's fourth Meredith Gentry novel (A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, and Seduced by Moonlight), everyone's favorite private investigator -- and sexy faerie princess -- is back home in the treacherous Unseelie Court, trying to come to grips with her burgeoning supernatural powers.
Solving a double homicide, avoiding assassins and coping with growing, sometimes uncontrollable, power keep faerie private detective Princess Meredith NicEssus (aka Meredith Gentry) busy in the fourth and strongest entry in Hamilton's adult fairy tale series (after 2004's Seduced by Moonlight). When someone murders a fey and a reporter during a press conference inside the Unseelie's headquarters, Merry calls in the cops to assist (and inadvertently involves the FBI as well). But once on magical turf, human police face challenges and dangers of which the princess was unaware. Meanwhile, Merry lives up to the five fertility deities in her lineage and lustily fulfills her royal duty of mating with sidhe males and making sex beyond mere human comprehension. As Merry matures, the meaning of all the sex and magic comes into more effective focus, as does Hamilton's underlying mythos of the restoration of the faerie race's true power. The absence of complicated politics results in a more palatable plot than in previous volumes. By the end, the Unseelie court seems to be tiring of Merry's super-sadistic Aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness (as are, most likely, many readers). The queen's son and Merry's rival for the throne, Prince Cel, looms as an even greater, more corrupt menace to her future. Faeries, fornication and forensics fuse for yet another darkly fantastic frolic for Hamilton fans. Agent, Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House. (On sale Apr. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The fourth book in the popular series featuring the Los Angeles P.I. Faerie Princess. Simultaneous Ballantine hardcover. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.