By Laurell K. Hamilton
I'm Meredith Gentry, P.I., fixing situations in l. a., faraway from the peril and deception of my genuine home–because i'm additionally Princess Meredith, inheritor to the darkest throne faerie has to provide. The Unseelie court docket infuses me with its energy. yet at what fee does such magic come? How a lot of my human facet will i need to hand over, and what kind of of the sinister aspect of faerie will i need to embody? to sit down on a throne that has governed via bloodshed and violence for hundreds of years, i would need to turn into that which I dread the most.
Enemies watch my each flow. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his criminal telephone. yet now not 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 sufficient that she can be toppled from her throne. Enemies unexpected circulation opposed to us–enemies who might homicide the least between us.
The hazard 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 in view that destiny will lead me into the arm of Mistral, grasp of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her safeguard. Our ardour will reawaken powers lengthy forgotten one of the warriors of the sidhe. discomfort and delight anticipate me–and hazard, in addition, for a few at that court docket search simply death.
I will locate new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and that i will exhibit 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 energy and holiday my middle. Passions undreamed of anticipate us–and my enemies assemble, for the way forward for either courts of faerie starts to unravel.
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We’ll paint the truth red, purple, and green, and convince you that black is white, but we won’t actually lie. Frost leaned over the mike again, his hand pressed to the table. He’d moved minutely closer to me, close enough that his pants leg touched my skirt. His sword was almost trapped between our bodies. That would be bad if he had to draw the weapon. I looked at his hand, so big and strong on the table, and realized his fingertips were mottled. He was gripping the table the way you grip a podium when you’re nervous.
A white rime of frost was drifting out from his hand. I thanked Goddess that the cloth on the table was white. Only that was saving us from someone noticing. They might notice later when they went back over the camera footage, but that I could not help. I had enough to worry about without thinking that far ahead. In a way this was my fault. I’d accidentally brought Frost into a level of power that he’d never known. It was a blessing of the Goddess, but with new power comes new responsibilities, and new temptations.
I had to keep my face turned away from the crowd because I was blushing. I didn’t blush much, and by human standards it wasn’t too dark. Sidhe skin just doesn’t flush the way human skin tones do. Of course, keeping my face away from the cameras meant that Galen could see me. Some days it’s only a choice of embarrassments, not an escape from them. Madeline was saying, “Princess Meredith is getting a little tired. ” There was a general outcry, and a renewed flash of cameras, which was bad, because Galen came to me.