A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry, Book 6)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Review by Harriet Klausner
Ballantine Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345495907
Date: 23 October 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Part human, part brownie, and part faerie princess Merry Gentry is trying to get pregnant so that she will be heir to Aunt Andais, Queen of the Unseelie Court. Andais recognizes her offspring Cel is mad and unfit to rule so needs to turn to other family members for the next monarch. Merry's presence has revived the magic that was dying in the Unseelie court and the Goddess speaks directly to her chosen one. To elude the assassination attempts from Cel's minions, Merry leaves Faerie and returns with her suitors to Los Angeles. These wannabe grooms were once gods worshiped by people and the one who gets Merry pregnant will become her consort. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Merry's aunt, the dark Queen Andais, has commanded her niece, who is half-mortal, half-faerie princess to attempt to conceive a child, an heir to succeed her on the throne. Children are rarein the faerie world, and Merry's task is fraught with peril. One by one, consorts have come to her bed to hlep her save her claim to the throne--and her life.
Now Merry and her lovers have left the faerie world to return to Los Angeles. But as they race to conceive a child--a quest that has proven disturbingly elusive--they find themselves caught in a deadly political game, wrongfully accused of an unspeakable crime. And when the line dividing the golden Seelie court from the darker Unseelie court wavers, Merry finds herself pitted against an enemy who wants an heir even more desperately than Andais--and who will go to any lengths to get one.