February 5th, 2020

Book 15 - 2018

Book 15: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton - 380 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
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.

This is another book that I'm giving 4 stars to, but its really 3.5. I started reading the Merry Gentry series years ago, and even though I quickly realised they were light on story and heavy on sex and description, I was somehow drawn to them. They have this hypnotic style (a bit like Twilight) that keeps you reading, even though most of what is 'going on' is revolving dialogue (that progresses the story is no helpful way) or the never-ending descriptions of everyone's clothes, hair or glowing skin. Reading these books is like an out of body experience - I am watching myself read them going 'there is no story here, its so crap', but I'm not necessarily not enjoying the process...guilty pleasure, I guess. Anyway, I read every book that had been published at the time a few years ago, and then waited patiently for the next one, knowing there was much to still be resolved - what would happen to Merry's twins, who were the fathers, how were there even multiple fathers, what would happen to Andais, Queen of the Unseelie Court, and Taranis, King of the Seelie Court, and how would this affect Merry. Very few of these questions were answered here.
So turns out Merry was actually having triplets (that was the easiest way to ensure all the fathers got a bit of baby, I think), and there were more fathers than Merry had thought there was. These poor babies are like puppies, with this arm having something that belonged to this father who was of this origin, and this arm belonging to someone else. Merry's indiscriminate sexual practices, though admirable from a tolerance perspective, certainly have resulted in strange progeny! But it doesn't stop there! Her magical babies are so damn magical, so blessed by the Goddess, that one of them can control the weather already and another can bespell people! Merry spends a good chunk of the book worrying about this, thinking about this, discussing this with her multiple lovers. She actually seems to spend little time with said babies, hiring non-human nannies (so the babies can't bespell them) when she doesn't appear to have a job herself anyway (and has like eight fathers to choose from). Why they can't look after their own children never gets addressed...
Meanwhile, her Aunt and Uncle, on their respective thrones continue to cause problems, and besides training in little clothing, not much seems to be done about this. Even when she and Doyle are attacked in their dreams, which results in Frost getting some pretty serious injuries, not much is done besides 'more guards.'
And then there's like twenty pages to go and not much has happened. Have you ever read those books where so much is happening and its all building up to a huge climax and there is 20 pages to go and you think 'they can't possibly resolve it all in 20 pages', and you turn the page and they throw a huge amount of exposition in and suddenly the book's over, like all that build up was for nothing? This book is the opposite of that. Suddenly, 20 pages to go, shit starts happening! There are deaths, and huge revelations, and unseating of thrones, and you think, 'Wow, I wish they'd done this half a book ago'. The mass revelations lack something when they come rapid fire.
And then its over.
I have so many questions: what will happen to the triplets, will they be able to control their powers, are they actually good people, who will sit on what throne, who will Merry sleep with next, etc etc. Given this book was released several years ago, after five years of waiting, and there is no new book in sight, I fear my questions will never be answered.

15 / 50 books. 30% done!

4840 / 15000 pages. 32% done!

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