I have never read this author before though I had always intended to eventually. My friend wanted someone else to read it so she would have someone to talk about it with. Glad she insisted I listen sooner rather than later. I found myself drawn in right from the start and could not stop listening. The characters were all very well fleshed out and interesting, from the main characters to the peripheral characters along the way. I really enjoyed the story, it has a lot of elements that I have not seen in other stories featuring the Fae.
MacKayla ‘Mac’ Lane is a 22 year old bartender in a small Georgia town who does not have much ambition beyond capitalizing on her barbie doll looks and having a good time. When she gets a call saying that her older sister has been murdered in Ireland she finds that revenge takes precedence over everything else. Mac travels to Ireland with nothing more on her mind than forcing the police to reopen her sisters case and finding out who killed her and why. While she is doing that she starts to see things that cannot be real.
Jericho Barrons is the owner of a bookstore who meets Mac when she runs into his shop after getting lost on the way back to her Inn. Jericho is searching for the book that her sister mentioned in her message and advises Mac to leave Ireland immediately or end up like her sister. Barrons knows what Mac is but she does not have any idea what he is. He can be either a help or a danger, either way she needs him.
I liked the different types of Fae here because some I had never heard of from either court of faerie. Seelie or Unseelie, these are some killer Sidhe. I definitely recommend it!
This was my second reading of this book and I am going to go back and read all those that came after. I loved it the first time and this time was just more of the same. The characters are all so individualized that you have something/someone new when they are introduced. The story is outside the norm which makes it perfect the genre that it is being written for. The style and language flow effortlessly off the page keeping you turning, wanting to take in just a little more even when you know you should stop.
Merry Gentry is much more than she has told her boss at the Grey Detective agency. He believes her to be just a human with fey in her ancestry, what he does not know is she is a Princess of faerie a hiding out with him. Meredith Nic Essus has been away from her home for three years because of attempts on her life after the death of her father. She is not a pure fey and that rankles her aunt, the Queen, who allows the attempts on a royal. But things have changed at home and they want her back home. But what exactly do they have planned for her now that she no longer has a death sentence hanging over her head? Merry is homesick enough to go find out.
This is a very nice beginning to a series that is urban fantasy with a bite. It can be very hot in some places but nothing to out there. I think it would be liked by a lot of people. If you have read the Anita Blake series then this one could become another favorite.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Men don’t settle down because of the right woman. They settle down because they are finally ready for it. Whatever woman they’re dating when they get ready is the one they settle down with, not necessarily the best one or the prettiest, just the one who happened to be on hand when the time got to be right. Unromantic, but still true.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton, A Kiss of Shadows
I have been waiting for the continuation of this story since the last book ended and I think it was worth it. People complain about how descriptive LKH is about everything in her books, but this is not a short story and so I want to know what’s going on with everything I can. This is about creating a scene that is visual and brings you into the story itself, that is what happens here, you cannot help but be pulled in because you know what the setting is so well. It has been five (5) years and I was happy to have the men described to me in minute detail, it gave me a thrill to sit back and see them again after so long. I love this series and the characters who populate it. They are like friends who have been on vacation only to come back for a visit that is not nearly long enough.
Merry is very heavy with child and about to deliver any day, she cannot find out who the father or fathers are until then. That is both a good thing and bad thing since Taranis, the King of Light and Illusion and Merry’s uncle is claiming that he is the father of one or all of her babies from his rape of her. Though she was pregnant when he raped her, he is delusional and believes she consented and was grateful for his rescue. It’s hard enough becoming a parent without having your crazy, powerful uncle trying to claim them and you as a prize.
With everything else that is going on Merry is finding herself being taken to those who carry her nail around their necks as a talisman. She has become a kind of deity to them though she refuses the title. She and the men she love are all waiting for the children but are also dreading the fight they know they will face in order to stay safe and keep their children safe from harm.
This book was a lot more tame than any of those before it as far as violence and sex. With the coming of the babies things have been toned down for the time being. There is happiness, love, lust, pride, loss, and redemption to be found between the pages of this book. If you love or even like the work of LKH you will be happy with this entry. I just hope it is not the last we will be hearing from Princess Meredith Nic Essus and those gorgeous men she loves.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
She frowned at me. “It’s not about hate, Meredith, it’s about practicality. You asked how to frighten Taranis; well, I’m telling you how to do that. If you don’t want my help, then do not ask for it; it is most irritating to suggest things and watch you make that face.” “I wasn’t aware I was making a face, Aunt Andais; I will try to school my expression better from now on.” “And there you go again, that tone in your voice, never a word out of place, but your tone says, clearly, ‘You are a fucking psycho bitch and I hate you.’”