This may very well be the best Merry Gentry book so far, with a thrilling, fast-paced plot and comparatively little sexual activity. Hamilton is a master at penning characters that grow realistically and change with each book -- just one detail that makes her writing so enjoyable. Fans of the series should be completely satisfied; newcomers and those who may have missed the last book or two will quickly be brought up to speed on recent events in Merry's world.
Pregnant Princess Meredith and the fae most devoted to her are adjusting to permanent exile in Los Angeles when a series of murders pulls them away from the peace that life outside the Unseelie court brings. Someone or something is murdering the demi-fae -- the little flower faeries that tend to the city's parks and wild spaces. The princess must endanger herself and her unborn children to bring the killers to justice, but Merry always considers the life and safety of those she cares about before her own. (Ballantine, Dec., 352 pp., $26.00)