Written by Laurell K. Hamilton - Audio book performed by Laural Merlington - Unabridged Fiction - 1 RETAIL EDITION MP3 COMPACT DISC - 14 hours
Publisher, Brilliance Audio (April 2005)
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I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home - because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.
Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us - enemies who would murder the least among us.
The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, and to keep my alliance with the Goblin Court, I must attend a ball in my honor. It is a frightening and erotic dance that can end only in the bed of Holly and Ivy - twin brothers, half-sidhe and half-goblin, feared warriors but empty of magic. If I can awaken their sidhe magic, then the goblins will be my allies for another two months. Pain and pleasure await me - and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.
Before I risk the dangers of the Goblin Court, I will embrace Sholto, the Lord of That Which Passes Between, in all his alien beauty. I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. I will go to the beds of men I do not know - and do not trust - in a bid for political and military might. Passions undreamed of await me - and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.
About Laurell K. Hamilton: Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Meredith Gentry novels: A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, as well as twelve acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
About the Performer: Laural Merlington has performed professionally as an actor for 30 years in regional theaters around the country including The Meadow Brook Theater and Boars Head Theater in Michigan, and Playwrights Horizons and Actors and Directors Theater in New York, as well as many dinner theaters. Laural has done extensive voice over work for television and radio, as well as narrating books on tape for Brilliance Audio. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Laural has taught acting at Lansing Community College, Muskegon Community College, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College. In her spare time Laural is a director for local community theaters as well as professional theater.