A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published: 2014

Genre: urban fantasy/romance

Length: 372 pages

Setting: Southern California, modern-day

Interest: It’s the ninth book in the Merry Gentry series. I’ve read the other eight, and I’ll put the reviews up eventually. If you’re interested in the series, start at the beginning – A Kiss of Shadows.

Summary: Merry has just learned she’s having triplets, not the expected twins, when the babies decide it’s time to be born. The two girls being showing signs of their power almost immediately. Merry does a paternity test on the children to learn who exactly the fathers are, but Taranis, King of the Seelie Court, tries to claim Merry as his Queen and the children as his. Merry resists his attempts at coerced seduction (many of which occur in her dreams). Faerie continues to manifest around her and Merry does the work of the Goddess with her soldiers. In the final scenes, Sholto is killed by Taranis’ assassin.

Final thoughts: As per usual, I couldn’t put the book down. Hamilton does such a great job of pulling you into the character and the relationships (of which there are many). There’s not as much sex in this book, since Merry just had babies, but there is some. I did love meeting the babies and trying to figure out who the fathers were based on different manifestations of their appearance and powers, and I’m curious as to how they’ll grow up.

That being said, I think I’m done with Hamilton as an author. I had hoped the problems I noticed in the last Anita Blake book I read were just indicative of that series, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems to me that Hamilton’s successes mean she isn’t edited as tightly as she used to be. She keeps repeating herself in descriptions (like every time she mentions the Red Caps, she describes their size.) And speaking of descriptions, she loves to describe the people in a scene. What they’re wearing, how it complements their eye color, what their irises look like (since the Sidhe have tri-colored irises, unique to each individual), what their skin color looks like, how everyone looks together, etc. Personally, I don’t care that much about description. It’s not that it’s necessarily bad in a novel, but it’s not something that enhances a story for me. The final annoyance is the fact that she crams in as much action in the last chapter of the book as occurred in the whole rest of the book.

Title comes from: Perhaps the fact that in two instances when Sholto traveled magically, he was first seen as a shiver of light.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 76/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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