The time has come for Meredith Gentry to put aside her detective work and fulfill her ultimate obligation to the world of Faerie - where her efforts to conceive an heir to the throne of the Unseelie Court are crucial to restoring magic, and life itself, to the Fey kingdom. And though her quest to produce an heir may be full of sensual pleasures, it is also fraught with peril: the shadows of intrigue stalk the royal court, and sabotage lurks at any turn.
Merry's cousin schemes and plots, determined to see her fall.
But, in the once-dead gardens of the world of faerie, something has re-awakened an all-powerful, malign magic. And Merry's own powers have turned wildly - dangerously - unpredictable.
As plots and counterplots are hatched and strategies and subterfuges played out, the destiny of an entire world turns upon the fortunes of Merry Gentry: object of obsession, target of treachery and pawn of uncertain fate.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 19/11/2007
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780553818154
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Review by Lman
This instalment of the Meredith Gentry series is thin on the time-frame, thick with the usual erotica, but, surprisingly, still an enjoyable read; with a little more plot and storyline than I expected of one night in the adventures of the Faerie princess. Following immediately on from the previous book, Meredith wakes from a disturbing dream, the portents and omens of which, along with the powerful talisman in her hands, offer a deliberate message from her deities, which is played out in the next few hours. The events that emerge – considerably dependent on the sex that also transpires – result in the continuing return of her coterie’s long-lost powers, and the revival of the dead or dying worlds of the mounds. The action occurs in a few distinct places – firstly in the dead gardens of the Unseelie sithen and then of the Sluagh. Old magic is recalled, the gardens are renewed, lost relics returned, and decisions taken which will affect the inhabitants profoundly. And the wild hunt is called – and changed.These books are a fast, lightweight read – and I am always hoping that the character development and the storyline will surpass the amount of sex. I understand the importance of the power of fertility, love and life, as opposed to death; but I was taken with the original premise and I would enjoy these books much more if there was a greater emphasis on plot. I skipped pages of detailed erotica simply because it bored me – which may be why I read this book so quickly.The story does advance, despite the short frame of time, and reading the start of the next book in this copy (a whole chapter with no sex) it held the beginnings of an interesting continuation! I am still invested enough to keep reading this series but, like the Anita Blake novels, I am wavering in my determination and my enjoyment. I wish with all my heart that Ms Hamilton would return to her former balance as these dark urban fantasies held so much potential in the beginning.
Review by lcrabtree
Not really my kind of thing, and since this is half way through the series, i didnt get it