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Paranormal Fantasy Review: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton (Merry Gentry #9)


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Synopsis from Goodreads

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because Princess looks so pretentious on a driver's license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn't be the only one for much longer...


Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of the both courts of faerie are coming to woo Merry and her men at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have offspring of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry, and failing that, raped her. He's using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the children is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can't prove it.


To save herself and her babies from Taranis 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 contain the war, to keep it from spreading to those innocent humans who are in very real danger of becoming collateral damage...

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3/10

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This was so spectacularly bad, peeps, that I ended up finishing A Shiver of Light hoping that it will redeem itself at least in the end. As you can guess by my rating, it didn't.



You remember Flirt - that godawful installment in Anita Blake that ended up being a book about nothing? A Shiver of Light is pure nothingness, and at £12 per paperback and £19 at hardback I think it's absolutely outrageous to feed us drivel of such proportions.

The book starts with Merry giving birth and there are exactly two more pieces of action happening since then. Otherwise be ready for a lot of talk as in regurgitated versions of how Merry is a queen of Fairie blessed by Goddess and perfect in any way, how much she loves her men and how much her men love her. Taranis is still delusional, Andais is still a sociopathic, sadistic bitch, and everyone else in between is clad in silk and shakes their beautiful long hair while short and buxom Merry feels inadequate among this perfection and keeps bursting in tears.

For pity's sake, there is not even a decent sex scene in between, but plenty of rose petals from the Goddess every time Merry poops. I have a feeling this book was written under pressure and very unwillingly otherwise there is no purpose to it, no drive,  and no spark left in this series. I'm sorry but I'm done with it.

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Мама дорогая, я не нахожу слов, чтобы описать мои чувства по поводу прочитанного, но я всё же попробую. Дрянь? Дребедень? Чушь? Полная пустота? Если вы не забыли худшую книгу из Аниты на настоящий момент, Флирт, - то это её эквивалент в Мерри Джентри.

Книга начинается с родов Мерри и после этого весь оставшийся экшн заключается в двух моментах между которыми нас пичкают бесконечными разговорами на три темы: насколько Мерри замечательная королева Фэйри, избранная богиней; кто из её мужиков любит её больше всех и кого она любит больше всех, пока они расхаживают по дому Мэв Рид в шелках, потрясая своими длинными волосами; и наконец, её бесконечные убеждения охранников, что она не похожа на свою садистку тётю Андаис или её сумасшедшего дядю Тараниса а также её рассуждения о том кто отец её детей. Готовьтесь к бесконечным лепесткам роз каждый раз когда получает благословение от Богини, что случается через каждые несколько страниц.

Я так устала от пережёвывания одних и тех же объяснений в книгах Гамильтон! Такое впечатление, что она считает, что её читатели страдают дебилизмом или амнезией и не способны запомнить кто есть кто и что происходит в серии. У меня вообще было впечатление, что эту книгу она написала, чтобы от неё все отвязались, так как здесь отсутствовала какая-то творческая искорка или полёт фантазии. В общем, нудно, смертельно скучно и НИКОМУ не советую!
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