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My principal grump is that this was just Anita Blake does fantasy. (Meredith Gentry is an almost identical character to AB.) Also, since the early Blake novels, Hamilton has taken to over-egging the sexual encounters, which becomes tedious. In short, could do with more plot, less sex and better characterisation.
This is my first and last book by this author. I can’t believe all the positive reviews. The writing was very boring and drawn out and didn’t flow well at all. I literally forced myself to keep reading it in hopes it would get better, but after nearly 100 pages into it, I just had to put it down and cut my losses. Oh well :(
I had really hoped to like this novel, but, holy cow, was it ever an exercise in patience to not walk away from it. The first thing is that it's pretty obvious that the author is totally infatuated (if not outright in love) with her main character, Merry Gentry (or Princess Meredith NicEssus.) She can't do anything wrong and just when you think she might be, lo and behold, it turns out to be even more perfect than if she had solved it the normal way.
Story in short: Perfect Merry, who just happens to be a faerie princess (but mortal, too, I guess so we can identify with the main character), is discovered hiding out in LA from the big, bad Unseelie gang. She has to go back "home" to the faerie mounds. On the way she has sex with just about every man she comes across (no pun intended) and finds out that she has suddenly developed amazing power in not just one hand, but two. (Gasp.) She gets home, fearing her demise, only to find out that she has a fabulous opportunity. Oh yeah, it involves much more sex. But that's okay, because she's Supergirl when it comes to anything related to sex and danger.
It's just overwhelming. Pair that with a poorly written book (let's just say when Laurell Hamilton finds a word she likes, she uses it, over and over and...) and it equals a huge flop. Unless, and here's the big caveat, you just happen to be in love or in lust with the main character, too, then this book will probably leave you with the same aftertaste as well. I love fantasy, but this was thinly disguised porn.
I enjoyed the beginning, though. Pretty funny microphone installing scene, but a huge letdown afterward. I will not be investing any further time reading this series.
Hamilton does love to write about sex. Throughout the Anita Blake books, she has used a lot of sexual tension, and Anita uses sex as a weapon. Fine. There has been plenty going on to carry it. But this one! I don't read "Romance" novels because I get bored with plot-lines that have little to offer beyond sex. And that's all this was. There were maybe fifty pages of actual action involved. The set-up was interesting; we have a princess in hiding, and her relatives are her most dangerous enemies. OOH! What a premise! But nothing happens! Our heroine does maybe four things in the entire novel. Beyond that, we have lots and lots and lots of sex. This was a yawner. I guess I'm just not enough of a voyeur to enjoy it. Don't buy this in hard bound. If you decide to buy it at all, school yourself to patience, because there isn't much plot here.
I give it a 5 star rating . I love the MERRY Gentry series in fact Laurell Hamilton is one of my favorite authors . You keeping waiting to see what will happen next . Anyone that enjoys fantasy and magic will love this .