Without a doubt, A LICK OF FROST is the best book in the series since Laurell K. Hamilton first introduced Meredith Gentry in A KISS OF SHADOWS.
Although there's still sex in this book, it's toned down and limited to two actual scenes, which leaves the other 300+ pages open to actual plot.
This book is also very emotional, not just because of the changes that Merry's hands of power brings, but because of the way things end up due to these circumstances.
I really hope that Ms. Hamilton keeps it up with the next book. Keep the sex, if you must, but continue on this path of great, emotional storylines!
In this installment, we finally see just how far her Uncle Taranis is willing to go to get Merry at the Seelie Court. We are introduced to his insanity at the very beginning and it only grows worse as time goes on.
Not all is bad for Meredith though, no. She finds that she is more powerful than anyone ever imagined. She also learns that though she cannot control her heart, Danu will not leave her heartbrokenâ¦well, mostly. Many of us who have followed the series have been hoping our heroes made the final cut and became King to Merry's Queen; well good news for many - we have gotten our wish. If you want to know who has made the impossible possible, well, ...you will have to read the book.
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The only problem I had with this book, like I usually do with novels from this author, is that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Her writing is VERY addicting and she can weave a story with such great descriptions it's almost as "visual" as watching a movie or being there. (With non of that awkwardness of seeing anyone actually nude of course.) The writing style is unparalleled, which makes it a page turner that you can't put down until it's done.
Ah, the next book in the Meredith Gentry series (book #6 if you want to keep track). This is a series that I read because I like reading about the Seelie and Unseelie courts. I am not sure why else I read it. The plot is complex and interwoven and the characters interesting. Meredith herself is an interesting contrast of personality traits. Like most of Laurell Hamilton's books I think I can best review this by breaking it down into the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This series makes no secret about devoting itself to sex. Strangely this book was lacking in the proliferate number of pages devoted to sex scenes. There were a measly two sex scenes; no sex until around 200 pages into the book...I mean wow! That's got to be a record. There is a lot of talking about sex. So onto the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- The plot moves...seriously the plot actually advances in this book (notice I didn't say quickly). A good portion of the 300+ pages are devoted to plot!
- We get to hear about Frost's past; I love Frost and I loved hearing about his past.
- Amazing fairy things continue to happen and amazing creatures are introduced
- The book focuses on 4-5 of Merry's "men" instead of having her sleep with a plethora of them
- The Red Cap goblins are back; I love them.
- Continuous rants about how every kind of sex is acceptable take up loads of page space. We get it, S&M can be a good thing, multiple partners can be fun...now let's move on.
- Merry humoring her thousand year old boyfriends' need for constant emotional support; geez if I had to try and not to hurt the feelings of 20 guys at once I guess it would take time...but does it have to take up soooo much page space???
- Merry's guards seem to never be around to guard her when something extremely bad happens...what it up with that!
- This whole book, like the last two, spans a time frame of maybe a day.
- Rumors are that Swallowing Darkness is not the end, we will continue to be tortured by this incredibly strung out story.
- Much of the book is taken up preparing with you for a sex scene between Merry and the goblins but it doesn't lead much of anywhere.
Okay so, in general this book had more plot and less sex than I was actually expecting so that is a good thing. It focused more on characters I like and less at throwing in a billion new men for Merry to have at it with. All-in-all I wasn't disappointed. I read a ton of paranormal genre books and these books are still very creative and reasonably well-written compared to most of them. I know it's easy to gripe about the lack of plot, etc. etc. I am guilty of that too; still Hamilton is a good writer. I mean how many other people have made erotica hit the New York Times bestseller list?
I'll read the next book because I am a sucker for the characters. I am hoping the series doesn't drag on for too much longer though. Seems to me the overall story could come to an end soon.
Out of all of her books I have read thus far, this one was the only one to make me cry. They are all superb books and I look forward to each and every new one that comes out.