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From Publishers Weekly
Considering all the complications, sexual and otherwise, that Merry Gentry, heir to the faerie throne, endured in A Kiss of Shadows (2000) and A Caress of Shadows (2002), it's no surprise to find the start of Hamilton's third book in her erotic fantasy series weighed down by attempts to conversationally recap earlier convolutions. Even readers of the first two books might have problems sorting out exactly why Merry is messing with the goblin king via magic mirror. Though the author maintains interest through such devices as an imaginative sex scene involving Merry, two of her sidhe studs and a doll-sized, winged, blood-sucking demi-fey, it takes a milieu switch from L.A. to St. Louis and the Unseelie court for the plot to take off and become a page turner. Merry confronts faerie politics that make Machiavelli look like a rookie, while her aunt's sadistic madness leads to what must rank as one of the bloodier scenes of fictional slaughter. Since Merry's previous role as a private eye has almost completely disappeared, nefarious deeds require magic to solve rather than detection. Hamilton's trademark mix of the personal and emotional along with the sexual will as usual delight her fans. Add yet another tour de force ending, a new final total of 16 lustful sidhe male immortals with whom to couple (or triple or...), and a fair future is assured for Merry for at least another few books.
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Last seen in A Caress of Twilight (2002), faerie princess Meredith NicEssus is still trying to conceive an heir so that she, and not her sadistic cousin Cel, can claim the Unseelie throne from her aunt, Andais. Luckily, Meredith has a bevy of buff bodyguards at her disposal, and the one who gets her pregnant will be king. She is also trying to broker the continuation of an alliance between the Unseelie people and the goblins, but the goblin king isn't cutting her many breaks. Her aunt is continuing to put increasing amounts of pressure on her, throwing more and more attractive men at her, hoping she'll produce that much-desired heir. Meredith journeys to her aunt's court, where a horrendous shock awaits her. Full of steamy sex scenes but a little light on plot, Seduced by Moonlight doesn't really pick up until Meredith heads to the Unseelie court. Despite the shortcomings, devoted Hamilton fans will enjoy the characters' connections and the rich, imaginative world they inhabit. Kristine Huntley
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Top Customer Reviews
A throne room
Oh, yeah, there was a pause at an airport along the way.
Ms. Hamilton's writing is of course beautiful, drawing beautiful people the way artists do in fantasy comics, but the plot was really slow.
Merry, princess of faerie, spends a good portion of the book in one extended love scene, and then hies off to her aunt's court *finally* so that the reader can say the entire novel didn't just take place in one spot.
Things do get exciting at the Unseelie court, but if you want to find out when she finally gets to meet the Seelie king (this was announced in book 2) you'll have to wait probably till book 5, because book 4 will be taken up by another couple of bedrooms and part two of Merry's journey- the Goblin court.
Halfway through the book, I was wishing Merry's admirers had only one eye-colour instead of three, making physical descriptions thrice as long. Most of the fairie men have long flowing hair, too. It would be nice if one or two of the men had a different hairstyle (to be fair, Doyle has a braid, which makes him doubly interesting to me for that reason).
Despite all this, the book is worth skimming through, if only to see how Merry is slowly growing more and more queen-like, learning what she has to do, how she can bend the rules, where she can surpass them. I loved the changes her character went through.
I'd suggest reading the last 50 pages of this book right before the next one comes out. Together, they should have enough action to keep a Laurell K. Hamilton fan going for a while.
To complicate matters, a creature Merry recently killed left a deposit of magic inside of her. Now she has the ability to grant powers, and even return deity status to former gods. She's also brokered a deal to continue her alliance with the goblin king. He'll remain her ally if she has sex or shares blood with all of his kingdom's Sidhe half-breeds and awakens their faerie powers. Such an alliance could prove crucial when Cel is released, but it also means Merry will be a busy girl in the bedroom.
Doyle, Frost, Galen, Rhys, Nicca and Kitto have all returned to be the king of Princess Merry's world. The first half of this book revolves around having sex, thinking about sex, talking about sex and then having some more sex. When her aunt, the wicked Queen of Air and Darkness, demands Merry's return to the Unseelie Court, violence and debauchery ensue.
In the first two books of this series, Merry was an intriguing character, a multifaceted woman trying to balance her mortal life as a private investigator with her royal faerie ties. Now she's an unemployed vessel of power and a political prostitute. For someone whose only occupation is having sex, Merry is entirely devoid of passion.
Laurell K. Hamilton's writing continues to be evocative, and her world-building skills are top-notch.Read more ›
But Merry begins to change to something more powerful. She appears to be favored by the gods, who are granting her the power to heal, to increase strenghts in others, and are giving her long lost Seelie artifacts. Now, as a consequence to killing the Nameless in the second book, when Meredith has initimate contact with her consorts and bodygaurds, she returns them their godheads - their powers from long ago re-emerge. This book is transitional in nature but has an AWESOME ending. Meredith's "consort total" continues to rise, with potentially absurd numbers coming in the next volume of the series.
Although the entire book takes place over a few days, Hamilton's creative writing style keeps things interesting enough that you will find it hard to put this book down. Because of the continued influx of new characters and continued story development, I would not recommend starting off with this book - this series is important to read in order. It's also clear that Hamilton uses these books to act out her fantasies. I along with many others are gladly going along for the ride.
Most recent customer reviews
Wow. I gave up on the Anita Blake novels because of the gratuitous sex and non existant plots and swore to never buy another Laurell Hamilton book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandyhasdogs
Ok. I have no problem with a few sexy scenes in a book, but when it becomes the entire focus, thats when I have a problem. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by M. I.
Okay - we got the whole sex gig. Trying to get pregnant, much weird sex, yes we know already! Now the challenge is to write an interesting story without the soft porn crutch. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by CN
All I can say is, if you are a lover of the dark lore of vamps, wolves, undead, etc., you have GOT to read this ENTIRE series. This is a series that will keep you wanting more. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Jason S. Stockler
My gf introduced me to Meredith Gentry and, as silly as this may sound, I now compare every book I buy to this series. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Amazon Customer
the best part of the book was character developement... sure it mostly happened in a bed or turning merry on... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Bookmage
Wow!! I have been waiting soooo long for the next book. Well it is finally here and she still left us hanging! Read morePublished on June 10 2004
I must admit very guiltly that I liked this book inspite of the fact that it was all sex and very little plot. To have as much sex as it had did detract from the actual story. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Fracturedfae
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