I bought this book after reading Bloody Bones (of the Anita Blake series). I wanted to try out LKH's writing with a different series and was attracted...moreI bought this book after reading Bloody Bones (of the Anita Blake series). I wanted to try out LKH's writing with a different series and was attracted by a new treatment of faeries. With this in mind, I began the book.
The book begins by introducing the signature character of the series, Merry Gentry aka Meredith NicEssus, Princess of the Unseelie. She has been in hiding for the past three years, in fear for her life from the Queen and her son. She is an interesting array of sensuality and loyalty. As the story advances, she is discovered and is forced back into the politics of the Unseelie Court.
The overall plot of the book focuses on who of the Sidhe is allowing themselves to the worshipped as a god (illegal in the US, otherwise the faeries are not allowed in the country) and who is trying to kill Merry. Now who is most likely is obvious throughout the story, but it is a matter of how and the repercussions that hold the reader to the story.
Another plot running through the book (and does not end with the book) is Merry's part in the rejuvenation of the fae. She is able to heal a lover of debilitating wounds. Ancient withering aspects of the Unseelie sithen come back to life. Also she mentions she is related to 5 different fertility deities. You wonder where this will lead in the future.
Yeah, there is sex in this book, but the sex is used to further the plots of the book. The descriptions are imaginative. I would not consider it stale.
I would recommend this book to a friend who is interested in another view of the fae and is not offended or put off by the sex. Overall, I say that this is a good story.(less)