Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.
_A Lick of Frost_ is book 6 in Hamilton's "Meredith Gentry" series. The first two Meredith Gentry books were good execution of a GREAT concept -- what if all the fairies mentioned in the old folklore tales were real, and had come to live in the U.S. during the Jefferson presidency? What if one of the heirs to the throne of the Unseelie court was part human and had to return to the Unseelie court after living in disguise among humans for years?
The first two Merdith Gentry books were so good that I waded through the next three books hoping to see a return to that. The start of this book had some flaws but overall was REALLY good, and I was hopeful. But the second half was a return to the overly detailed sex, sadism, spitefulness, and treachery that has dominated the last three books.
There is still TOO MUCH TIME spent recounting conversations and sexual encounters that are emotional therapy for men I expect a little more emotional maturity out of, given that they are hundreds or thousands of years old. As another reviewer noted, is the overall theme here that all men with power are either needy morons or heartless psychopaths?
And yes, as readers WE GET IT that Merry likes sex and sometimes she likes it in unconventional ways. Anytime someone blushes or feels the least bit awkward, Merry has to sermonize on how stupidly judgmental and uptight other people are about sex, and it gets old.
There is an overall theme that the enemies are always ahead.Read more ›
The latest installment of the Princess Merry story at around 300 pages is shorter than others have been but if it's a trade between quality and quantity I want Hamilton to keep the books short.
This book picks up a few weeks after the last book ended and the Princess' world gets pretty much shaken up when Taranis, King of the Seelie court pretty much loses it in public, allowing his nobles to move against him and potentially offer Merry, heir to the Unseelie throne, the throne of the Seelie court.
This does not make things any easier for Merry. She doesn't trust the Seelie court and suspects the hint of an offer is to use her as a poltical tool in their own games. The offer also outrages her aunt, Queen of the Unseelie court. And outraged Queen is usually a very BAD thing, as long time readers of this series know.
Through it all Merry is realizing that her having favorites are affecting things and not for the best as she must learn to let go of things that she might not be able to keep as queen. The book shows more of faerie, including finally more of the Seelie court and how they live. It also looks more to faerie outside of the mounds. If there is something missing from this it is Merry's LA fey contacts who seem to have dropped out of the author's site. Also this focus' on the original 4 guards and goblin from book one The dozen other guards she's picked up in the books in between have between them , maybe 3 spoken lines. This failure to pick up dangling threads is symptomatic of Hamiliton's latest books but if she's getting back in form, I odn't mind. (too much.)
This has been the first Hamilton book in years that I have had trouble setting down, she seems to have resolved her own sex demons that have been crippling her work for the past few years and gone back to form. This is very very good.
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A Lick of Frost (2007) is the sixth Fantasy novel in the Meredith Gentry series, following Mistral's Kiss. In the previous volume, Meredith flees to the human world to escape the Wild Hunt. She and her men pop out of nowhere into the sight of a group of FBI agents and policemen. Then the Wild Hunt also appears.
The cops bravely fight the Wild Hunt while the FBI agents try to take Merry to safety. When they pass a large number of goblin warriors leaving the area, Merry gets out of the car and persuades the goblins to assist her men. There she uses her Hand of Blood and the Wild Hunt transforms into nonhostile animals, including a pack of faery dogs.
In this novel, Meredith's Uncle Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, has accused three of her bodyguards with the rape of a Lady of the Seelie Court. Meredith is attending a meeting with Federal and local authorities in the building of her attorneys. Two of the partners of the law firm are also attending the meeting, as is Ambassador Stevens, embassy to the Courts of Faery.
The U.S. Attorney for L.A. -- Michael Shelby -- starts the proceedings by thanking Meredith and her guards for participating. Ambassador Stevens promptly reminds him that it is impolite to thank the people of faery. Of course, Meredith is used to human etiquette and so is not offended, but older nobles of the Faery Courts probably would view such words as a grave insult.
Assistant District Attorney Pamela Nelson is fascinated by Doyle and Frost. She can't help staring at them. Apparently she is being affected by their glamour.