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.
What I liked: I was very glad Ms Hamilton didn't drag out the pregnancy for another book or two. Merry pregnant really would have cut into her action driven character. I especially enjoyed that she didn't heal right away either so the sex scenes didn't begin right away. Don't get me wrong, one of the major premises of Merry is sex. At least that's how I read her character.
I also enjoy the short time frame between from one book to the next. A Shiver of Light picks up almost immediately where Divine Misdemeanors finished. The same problems with the King of Light are there. I enjoy all of Merry's Men. Admittedly she has her "favorites" but I love them all. I'm not a big Frost fan but his character is written very well. In fact, I think Ms Hamilton writes the characters in this series extremely well for the storyline.
There were some BIG surprises in A Shiver of Light. Some I loved, some made me sad. Nuff said!
A Shiver of Light moves the series along and I loved the ending!
What I didn't like: Look, you have to know what to expect when you pick up a LKH book. I did and I wasn't disappointed. I'm not a fan of tons of sex scenes or talking constantly about sex, but that's the center of this series. I went into this book knowing sex would be a big portion of the story. Did that stop me from reading it, no. I wanted to see what Ms Hamilton had in store for the characters. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed in how time time was devoted to some of the men. With so many involved, it's hard for an author to do them justice.
Overall, I wasn't extremely disappointed in the book. I enjoy the characters Ms Hamilton developed. I enjoyed the storyline and I skipped a ton of pages about sex. I got what I expected.
No recommendation here just this: if you love the series, you'll enjoy the book; if you're on the fence, check it out at the library or borrow it from a friend.