By Laurell K. Hamilton

“My identify is Meredith Gentry, yet in fact it’s now not my actual identify. I dare no longer even whisper my real identify after darkish for worry that one hushed be aware will go back and forth over the evening winds to the gentle ear of my aunt, the Queen of the Air and Darkness. She wishes me lifeless. I don’t even recognize why.”Meredith Gentry, Princess of the excessive courtroom of Faerie, is posing as a human in l. a., residing as a P.I. focusing on supernatural crime. yet now the Queen’s murderer has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or no longer. without notice Meredith unearths herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The task that awaits her: benefit from the consistent corporation of the main attractive immortal males on this planet. The present: the crown–and the chance to proceed to dwell. The penalty for failure: dying.

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My father had carried her to a human hospital and reported the attack to the authorities. My father had been Prince of Flame and Flesh, and even his sister the Queen feared him, so he was not punished for inviting the humans in. It was on record. I could talk about it without being punished. So good to know there was something I could tell the whole truth on tonight. \"Tell me,\" he said, voice grown even softer. \" My voice was bland and empty, as Alvera\'s eyes had been moments before. \" I took a deep breath and pushed the memory away, not aware that I\'d pushed it away with my hands, as if that would help, until I\'d finished the movement.

I wouldn\'t be able to do glamour as long as the oil was in my system. So I couldn\'t hide. \" The soft California night had taken a breath around us, and I knew it was only a matter of time until the Queen of Air and Darkness sent someone to investigate this latest whisper. I had to be out of town before that happened. I had at least one more night, maybe two, before my aunt\'s guard would arrive. I had time to sit here and answer questions. But I was getting tired of answering the same questions.

I screamed, loud and long and wordless. There was another side effect of Branwyn\'s Tears. No glamour can stand against it. Because your concentration can\'t stand against it. I felt my glamour leaking away, felt my skin as if my entire body took a deep breath. I lowered my hands slowly until I was staring up into the mirror on the ceiling. My eyes glowed like tricolor jewels. The outer edge of my irises was molten gold, within that was a circle of jade green, and last came emerald fire to chase around the pupil.

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