Book #115 was A Lick of Frost, the 6th book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry series. The back of the book reads:
I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of faerie, onetime private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must first continue the royal bloodline and give birth to an heir of my own. If I fail, my aunt, Queen Andais, will be free to do what she most desires: install her twisted son, Cel, as monarch . . . and kill me.
My royal guards surround me, and my best loved–my Darkness and my Killing Frost–are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the threat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts, I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs.
Now King Taranis, powerful and vainglorious ruler of faerie’s Seelie Court, has leveled accusations against my noble guards of a heinous crime–and has gone so far as to ask the mortal authorities to prosecute. If he succeeds, my men face extradition to faerie and the hideous penalties that await them there. But I know that Taranis’s charges are baseless, and I sense that his true target is me. He tried to kill me when I was a child. Now I fear his intentions are far more terrifying.
I’m impressed! I made it more than halfway through the book before there was any sex at all, and there were no freaky faerie orgies at all! I feel like there was actually some plot in this book. I like that Hamilton has finally crawled out of that dark, sweaty hole she’d dug herself into with both this and the Anita Blake series. There’s some heavy foreshadowing about Merry’s health, so it’s not a surprise when the truth is revealed, but leave it to Hamilton to put her own special twist on what’s normally seen as a pretty standard part of life.
Page count: 274 | Approximate word count: 102,785