Monday, July 11, 2011

Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton

Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, Book 5)
Mistral's Kiss is the fifth in the Merry Gentry series, and continues in the same vein as the last few. Merry is still locked in a competition with her cousin, Cel, to produce the heir to the throne of Faerie. In order to do this, she must indulge in wild sex with lots of gorgeous men, her consorts. True to form, no surprises.

Nor are there any surprises in this book, really. Mistral is the new captain of Queen Andais' Guard, who has defied her and come to Merry's bed. When she has sex with him, the dying gardens of the Faerie are brought back to life, which Andais is forced to admit is more important than the issue of Merry stealing another man from her.

Shortly after that, Merry and her bodyguards are accidentally transported to the bone garden of the Sluagh, where she brings those gardens back to life by having sex with Sholto, king of the Sluagh. The excess of magic triggers the Wild Hunt, unfortunately, and mayhem and chaos ensue. Merry must call  upon her alliance with the Goblins to help her stop the Hunt before innocents are hurt.

Ok, aside from some new powers for the men who get to have sex with Merry, there's not a whole lot of innovation here. The plotting and intrigues move marginally forward, and Merry continues to gain power, herself, perhaps preparing to challenge her Aunt for the throne when the time comes that she is backstabbed or betrayed.

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