A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton

By Laurell K. Hamilton

I'm Meredith Gentry, P.I., fixing circumstances 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 rate does such magic come? How a lot of my human facet will i need to hand over, and what sort of of the sinister aspect of faerie will i need to include? to take a seat 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 legal mobilephone. 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 susceptible adequate that she should be toppled from her throne. Enemies unexpected flow opposed to us–enemies who could homicide the least between us.

The probability will force us to permit human police into faerie for the 1st time in our background. i want my allies now greater than ever, particularly considering the fact that destiny will lead me into the arm of Mistral, grasp of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her protect. Our ardour will reawaken powers lengthy forgotten one of the warriors of the sidhe. soreness and enjoyment anticipate me–and threat, to boot, for a few at that court docket search in basic terms death.

I will locate new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and that i will express all of faerie that violence and intercourse are as well known one of the sidhe as they're one of the lesser fey of our court docket. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will convenience him. The gentlest of my guards will locate new power and holiday my middle. Passions undreamed of look ahead to us–and my enemies assemble, for the way forward for either courts of faerie starts off to unravel.

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It had been part of the attempted palace coup. We were so not sharing that a sidhe noble had caused one of the police helping to guard me to try to kill me. Madeline picked up her cue perfectly, calling on a new reporter with a new question. ” I was hoping they would like that. And I didn’t need the title to know who I was. ” “Yes,” I replied, and Madeline moved us on. It was a different reporter, but he repeated the dreaded question. ” I drew breath, not even sure what I was going to say, when I felt Doyle move up beside me.

It was more than a coincidence, but the queen loved her son. Madeline was back in front of me, looking at me. ” “Sorry, I’m getting a little tired. ” She smiled and nodded. ” They repeated it, and I wished I’d missed it again. ” “He’s here in the sithen, but I don’t know what he’s doing this exact moment. ” I needed off this subject, off this stage. I signaled to Madeline, and she closed it down with a promise of a photo op in a day or two, when the princess was fully healed. A tiny faerie with butterfly wings fluttered into camera range.

Touching his weapons unnecessarily was a sign of nerves. He leaned over the mike again, and this time he bumped my bad shoulder with his body. I doubted the press saw such a small movement, but it was too clumsy for words, for Frost. He braced a hand flat against the table, steadying himself. He turned eyes the grey of a winter sky to me. ” I mouthed, no. He let out a sigh and leaned back to the microphone. ” He actually stood back up, as if that would satisfy them. He should have known better.

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