By Laurell K. Hamilton
Place: Publisher & Year: New York : Ballantine, 2002
Genres: Fantasy, contemporaray fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, mystery, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, erotic fiction, occult fiction
Series: Meredith Gentry series; 2
Intended Audience: Adult
Number of pages: 368
Setting: Los Angeles
Time Period: contemporary
Plot Summary: Meridith Gentry, a sidhe princess of flesh from the Unseelie court, is in a race with her cousin, Cel, to produce a royal heir to the Unseelie throne. Merry has a bit of a head start given that her cousin is undergoing six months of punishment for trying to have Merry assasinated. Merry has returned to LA and to her job as a private investigator. She is now protected with her own personal sidhe guards- Doyle, Frost, Rhys, Galen, and Nicca- who also take turns as Merry’s lovers and would be impregnators. When Merry becomes involved in two different cases at work, she soon finds herself involved deeply in dangerous faerie politics with both the Seelie and Unseelie courts. She and her men also must face a supernatural force which could possibly overpower all of them, and take out all of LA.
Pacing: Quick pace; between work and her royal duties as a sidhe princess, Merry barely has time to catch her breath.
Characterization: The story is told in first person through Merry’s eyes. Many memorable secondary characters from the first book are explored more thoroughly in this book. Other important secondary characters make their first appearances in this book.
Frame: The autumn sunshine of the southern CA setting does nothing to dispel the dark side of faerie.
Story Line: An entertaining story which blends elements of fantasy, horror, romance, and mystery into an engrossing read.
Fairies — Fiction.
Princesses — Fiction.
Women detectives — Fiction.
Magic — Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) — Fiction.
Gentry, Meredith (Fictitious character) — Fiction
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Personal Notes: [Annotated 1/8/2009]
Other (themes, diversity): Diversity – female leaders