"I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of fairie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.
"My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in fairie - trapped here with some of the realm's most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards...and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne.
"Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.
"Now Mistral, Queen Andais' new captain of the guard, has come to my bed - defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic - mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives, not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.
"If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in fairie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive."
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The story of my experience with this book: I picked it up, eager. I put it down, bored. I picked it up again, hoping I was wrong. I put it down again, even more bored. Eventually I forced myself to finish it, but I wish I'd just returned it & gotten my money back.
The story continues for Merry & her men as she finds yet another forgotten relic in her bed, then proceeds to stumble from sexual encounter to sexual encounter until the book's end. This wouldn't be a bad thing if the sex wasn't so boring! All of the sex scenes read almost identical to previous encounters from any of Laurell's previous books. There's better erotica out there and there are most assuredly better urban fantasy books out there!
Die-hard fans will probably like this, but unfortunately the writing on the wall is that the Merry series has stopped being interesting with the last book & this one just puts the final nail in the coffin. Too bad it can't go back to the interesting plotlines of the first few books!