By Laurell K. Hamilton
I'm Meredith Gentry, P.I., fixing situations in la, faraway from the peril and deception of my genuine home–because i'm additionally Princess Meredith, inheritor to the darkest throne faerie has to supply. The Unseelie courtroom infuses me with its strength. yet at what expense does such magic come? How a lot of my human facet will i need to hand over, and what kind of of the sinister part of faerie will i need to include? to sit down on a throne that has governed via bloodshed and violence for hundreds of years, i would need to develop into that which I dread the main. Enemies watch my each circulation. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his felony phone. yet no longer all of the assassination makes an attempt are his. a few Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to develop into vulnerable adequate that she could be toppled from her throne. Enemies unexpected circulate opposed to us–enemies who could homicide the least between us. The risk will force us to permit human police into faerie for the 1st time in our heritage. i want my allies now greater than ever, specifically seeing that destiny will lead me into the arm of Mistral, grasp of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her defend. Our ardour will reawaken powers lengthy forgotten one of the warriors of the sidhe. soreness and delight watch for me–and chance, besides, for a few at that court docket search in basic terms loss of life. i'm going to locate new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and that i will convey all of faerie that violence and intercourse are as renowned one of the sidhe as they're one of the lesser fey of our courtroom. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will convenience him. The gentlest of my guards will locate new power and holiday my center. Passions undreamed of look forward to us–and my enemies assemble, for the way forward for either courts of faerie starts off to resolve. From the Hardcover variation.
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I am your queen, damn you, and you will answer my question. ï¿½ The last was screamed into his face. Barinthus answered her, blood flowing from his mouth. ï¿½ Page 37 Laurell K. Hamilton: Meredith Gentry 04 A Stroke of Midnight ï¿½And what of Meredith? ï¿½ ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ he said, and that one word dropped into the silence of the room like a stone thrown down a great height. You know it will make a sound, but only after a very, very long fall. The sound came with her words. ï¿½Meredith, you will do nothing with Barinthus that will chance you being pregnant by him.
The men stood with me. ï¿½I did not bid you stand,ï¿½ she yelled at them. They stayed on their feet. I could not look away from her to see exactly what they were doing, but this was about to go badly. Barinthusï¿½s deep voice came from farther into the room. He must have been standing there the entire time, and I hadnï¿½t seen him. It takes a commanding presence to make you not see a seven-foot-tall, mostly blue demi-god. Andais was that commanding presence. With her hand bruising my chin, forcing me to meet her grey gaze from inches away, she was more than commanding, she was frightening.
She was going to throw a fit, and punish me for kissing Frost, instead of dealing with the murders. Displacement is a fine coping mechanism, but this was not sane. No logic would save me. All the arguments that I had prepared were dust before her incomprehensible anger. ï¿½ I spoke carefully around her grip on my chin. ï¿½ She let me go so abruptly that I stumbled. Doyle caught my arm, then took me into the circle of his arm, putting me farther from her and closer to the middle of the men. I couldnï¿½t argue with the precaution.