Book Review

by Laurell K. Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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Merry Gentry returns! It’s been over four years since the last book in this series came out, and it is worth the wait. It is easy to see the struggle that Hamilton had to get back into this world, but she quickly finds Merry’s voice and recaptures the magic that drew readers to this series in the first place. This entry finally brings some form of closure to the loose ends to each of Queen Andais’ and King Taranis’ plotlines, while staying true to those characters. The triplet plot twist as well as a rushed ending may seem jarring to readers, but overall this is a welcome return to the series!

Finally having conceived an heir, Merry Gentry is ready to give birth any day when she’s given some shocking news: She’s having triplets! That information quickly sends her into labor and now she, along with the men in her life, have to contend with an additional baby no one expected. While they manage this unforeseen challenge, King Taranis is suing for visitation rights and genetic testing to prove the babies are his — the fruit of his sexual assault of Merry. To further complicate matters, Queen Andais has seemingly regained her sanity and wishes to see her new nieces and nephew as well. To say new mom Merry has a lot to deal with would be an understatement. (BERKLEY, Jun., 384 pp., $27.95)

Reviewed By: Trent Hart

Publisher: BERKLEY

Published: June 2014

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of A Shiver of Light

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on May 5, 2014 - 8:26pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

I hadn't realized just how much I missed these characters until they were finally back. This book was an unexpected gift. I had thought the series was over, left to just sort of die out with unanswered questions, and then I saw that book #9 was actually going to be released.

When I got asked to read for review I immediately jumped in. There was a lot to love in this book... Some incredibly sweet moments, a lot of healing and some additional character growth, a bit of action (not quite as much as past installments), some tragedy - yes I cried - and a bit of surprise (though it was mostly hinted at from the beginning). It also brought some closure, and yet left openings for either more installments or a spinoff if Laurell is so inclined.

All in all, I was personally happy with it and very glad us long time fans got the chance to step back into this world!

I'd love to tell you all more, but there isn't much I can say in more detail without there being spoilers about how Merry gets back at her uncle, what happens with her crazy aunt, which of Merry's men end up being the father, where the tragedy occurs, what magical gifts her babies end up having (or how many there actually ends up being), what happens with faery, etc.

So let me say this much... you know I was happy with it. Would I recommend it for MERRY GENTRY fans? 100%! Would I recommend it for new readers, yes, but I do believe that the rest of the series should be read in order before you jump into A Shiver of Light.