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This is the 4th book in the series about Princess Meredith of the faerie Unseelie Court. The faeries are broken up into the Seelie Court of Light and Illusion and the Unseelie Court of Air and Darkeness. To become heir to the throne of the Unseelie Court the Queen has set both Meredith and her sadistic son Prince Cel on a race to become/get someone pregnant, to insure that the blood lines will survive. Once someone is pregnant they will marry the mate and that will be the future ruler.
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Merry and her entourage of Raven Guards (who are also her lovers) are called back to the Unseelie sithen. On the way Princess Meredith avoids and attempted assignation and thwarts a coup attempt. The princess gives a press conference about the assassination attempt in the faire mound, unheard of before as the Queen is concerned about the Princesses safety. Unfortunately a photographer and another are found dead.

Merry convinces the Queen to allow local police into the sithe, under her and her guard's watchful eyes. As the investigation is underway Merry and her guards thwart another assassination attempt. In addition Merry has gained another power to go with her Hand of Blood and Hand of Flesh powers and those who have had sex with her are coming back into their ancient powers, once thought lost.

As the powers are brought back to individuals this causes the Queen to become very jealous and cruel. Merry on the other hand is doing what she can to protect her guards and any of the other Ravens that she is able to.

The review of this Book prepared by Tanya

Ballantine, April 2005, 23.95, 367 pp.
ISBN 0345443578

The attempted assassination of Princess Meredith of the faerie Unseelie Court failed and the coup to unseat the Queen of Air and Darkness, Andais, was thwarted. The princess gives a press conference in the sithen (faerie mound) because a human policeman under the spell of a sidhe (faerie) had attempted to kill her and that has to be explained. After the conference is over, Merry and her harem of sexy and beautiful guards found a dead photographer and a sidhe, both the victims of murder by one of more of the sidhe.

Merry convinces her Aunt to let the police into the sithen because the reporters know one of their own is missing. Anais agrees but intends to conduct her own investigation. Merry and her guards are the focus of another assassination attempt and while they struggle to stay alive, Merry's presence in the sithen brings it to life recreating features that have withered away centuries ago. Merry also gives back the powers the sidhe lost when they were allowed entry to this country by President Jefferson. This makes the queen jealous because Merry can do what she can no longer perform and when a predator is angered, anything can happen.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   orgies    -   society controls main character's sexing    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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