Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.
Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry and, failing that, raped her. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can’t prove it.
To save herself and her babies from Taranis she will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, the Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie—while trying to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.
The central character, Merry, is a princess but she's always known her life is precarious to say the least! A crazy aunt who demanded Merry get pregnant in exchange for a chance to be queen and male relatives who deserve to suffer vile torments for the way Merry has been abused. Trust me, abuse is not too strong a word for it!
Merry and her men are back in the human realm but things are anything but quiet! Merry was raped by King Taranis and is about to give birth. Her babies will need to be protected but the question of just who the father or fathers are is going to prove to be an interesting one. At a time when Merry should be most at peace she's even more vulnerable than ever. Her aunt will want to meet the babies, but can Queen Andais really be trusted? Her idea of fun usually involves pain, degradation and blood, so letting her spend time with the newest members of her family is not a great idea. Then of course there's King Taranis, who seems determined to claim he is the father and there's no way Merry will want him around. As he's able to manipulate dreams, keeping him away is not going to be easy. As for the babies? Well, they are going to be much more of a handful then anyone ever expected!
I've always enjoyed this series but this story had a distinctly different tone. It has less action then some of the previous books and much less bedroom activity! Sometimes the protracted sex scenes can get a little unbelievable and it was nice to just wallow in the relationships connecting Merry and her men. There's tragedy here but it just happens so quickly that it didn't really resonate with me, if honest. I thought it a shame as it's a character that never really seemed to experience much joy and I wanted more for that person.
Would I recommend A Shiver In Light? Yes, if you have already read the rest of this series. It's not my favourite and I absolutely hated the birth of the babies was glossed over. From back ache to after the birth? Really? I just felt disappointed with that. There's enough magic happening to make the story flow but I do still have questions. The solution to the King Taranis problem felt a little too quick for me but it's a complicated world the Fae inhabit so I'm happy to go with the flow.
Recommended for fans of the series!