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A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry, Book 6) (edition 2008)

by Laurell K. Hamilton (Author)

Series: Meredith Gentry (6)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of faerie, onetime private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must first continue the royal bloodline and give birth to an heir of my own. If I fail, my aunt, Queen Andais, will be free to do what she most desires: install her twisted son, Cel, as monarch . . . and kill me.

My royal guards surround me, and my best loved–my Darkness and my Killing Frost–are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the threat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts, I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs.

Now King Taranis, powerful and vainglorious ruler of faerie’s Seelie...
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Title:A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry, Book 6)
Authors:Laurell K. Hamilton (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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I still don't like narrator Laural Merington's voice for Dole, but otherwise, listening to A Lick of Frost was as good as when I read it in print. ( )
  JalenV | Oct 29, 2023 |
At last! This is how a good Merry Gentry book looks like when it`s filled with actual action instead of repeated, detailed and aimless descriptions of sex scenes. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Aug 22, 2022 |
I am a big fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I do prefer her Anita Blake series but her Merry Gentry series is quite good too. As usual, for her, it is a very well developed world with lots of violence. It can be a bit tricky to keep all the guys straight but in general I find the books to have far more positives than negatives. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
I loved the first couple of Merry Gentry books, then gave up on the series when they became less plot than interminably long descriptions of her and her guards making love.

I'd sworn not to buy any of the series again, but I checked this one out of the library. Now that I've finished it, I'm glad I did.

This book is so much better than the last several, although Hamilton can't seem to get through more than a few days per book. A lot of time is spent with Merry and one or more of her consorts doing a lot of emotional processing about who loves whom more, and how the less-favored men handle their pain -- but there are also some intense scenes with Taranis and/or Andais, and of course more magic coming into being due to Merry's special status.

Most surprisingly to me, there are events which caused me to really feel in response. Most of the Merry Gentry books are popcorn: fun, quick, sexy reads with a beautiful half-fairy princess and her gorgeous harem having adventures and lots and lots of sex. There was some true pathos in this one -- at least for me. In fact, after a couple of years of shunning the series, I find I want to buy this book and keep it around to read again.

No one is more surprised than me. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
no tentacles, no tentacle porn, just boring political scheming, traditional het boning, and some offscreen rape. oh, and my fav character was turned into a big deer, NO BIG DEAL. I knew there was a reason I'd never reread this one; now I remember why. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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There were complaints about the last book, Mistral’s Kiss, and, while I didn’t consider it a disappointment, I agree it was the weakest book in the Merry Gentry series. But Hamilton is back on track with A Lick of Frost (FYI: ALoF’s first sex scene doesn’t appear until Chapter 16). I’ve only read this book once (so far) but I think it may well end up being my favorite of the series! Events proceed at a breathtaking, spectacular pace. Plus, Rhys FINALLY appears “on stage” for some one-on-one time with Merry and we learn some of Frost’s fascinating history.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laurell K. Hamiltonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Burr, SandraDirectorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erickson, JimPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, LauraEngineersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover designer & illustrationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air,
Upon the star that marks the hidden pole;
Fix every wandering thought upon
That quarter where all thought is done:
Who can distinguish darkness from the soul...

from "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" by W. B. Yeats (The Winding Stair, 1933)
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To Jonathon, who walks the stair with me.
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I was sitting in an elegant conference room in the top of one of the gleaming towers that make up part of downtown Los Angeles.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of faerie, onetime private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must first continue the royal bloodline and give birth to an heir of my own. If I fail, my aunt, Queen Andais, will be free to do what she most desires: install her twisted son, Cel, as monarch . . . and kill me.

My royal guards surround me, and my best loved–my Darkness and my Killing Frost–are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the threat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts, I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs.

Now King Taranis, powerful and vainglorious ruler of faerie’s Seelie...

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