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I was very excited to read this book as i love Hamilton's Anita Blake series. However, i was slightly disappointed because i found it really hard to follow. If you don't have any knowledge of folklore, the fey or the seelie and unseelie court then this book is really hard to understand. I also really wasn't happy that within the first half of the book, the main character was sexual assaulted and it was kind of skimmed over. There was no emotional aftermath, no support for the police or her friends. I don't think i'll carrying this series on, but i still think Hamilton is a genius writer... Anita Blake is the best book series i've ever read and that will never change for me!
I started the series as read previous L.Hamilton's books about Anita Blake. WAs hoping this will be something different. It is OK to read,entertaining in places, but again, the author puts too much attention to sex, bed etc instead of on some action. Some chapters drag endlessly and are only there so the author could describe the sex scenes again and again. Boring. The heroine has to have sex with everyone, almost every man, fay, goblin.... I thought it was supposed to be a detective story, more like Anita Blake,the beginning suggests athrilling story only to turn into little sex manual for faeries. Im not convinced I want to read teh rest of the series, I might give a try to another book about Meredith, but don't really expect a great deal......
I enjoyed some parts of this books, others just repelled me. It is not badly written and at first I liked Merry - for once a short woman, who likes to dress up, was also capable of fighting for herself. Merry is intelligent, diplomatic and sexy. However, it did not take long for me to get rather annoyed with her casual attitude towards the men in her life. Sexual liberation? Hell, yeah. Casually f****** everything (and anything) if need be - hell, no. No matter how scared she had been just a minute ago, no matter how deformed somebody might be (I am talking stuff like tentacles here) - might as well give it a try, eh? I did not mind it the first few times. I really started to mind it when every. single. man. she met was first described as in some way desirable and later on hit on her. Or slept with her. Or at least tried to sleep with her. It got to the point where a new character was introduced and you already knew that he would be another boytoy for Merry. Yay. I just really missed the emotional attachment. Even with the first 'boyfriend', and later on a childhood friend she claims to love, Merry seems oddly detached. I just could not relate to her at all when it came to that kind of emotions. I just thought that would could have been an exciting and erotic novel was pretty much turned into a string of sex scenes (which are hot, don't get me wrong) and a character that could have been very interesting just never gained enough depth to be believable or at least someone you could relate to.
SPOILER: One thing that I personally (as a native German) found deeply offensive was a scene where Merry thinks about her 'treasures' and in the process talks about events during WW2. So far nothing to be offended about. But the author decided to describe Hitler as a former ally of the Fey, who later turned on him. He apparently wanted to have them as part of his 'master race'. Did she do her research concerning the events surrounding Hitler and his downfall? Yeah. Did she manage to deliver her recounting of the events in such an appalling, and plot-wise entirely unnecessary, manner that I could not help but be offended by the casualty with which she treated these historical events and one of the worst men in history? Yes, and since it did not advance the plot in any way or was a necessary information for the on-going events I can not help but condemn that casualty.
Book clubs, you're either in them for one of two reasons; you really enjoy reading and have a group of friends you want to mentally mess up with your book choices or you're trying to look sophisticated when in reality you only want to drink wine and gossip. I fall into the former of those reasons. Now with that said that also means the rest of my book club coincidentally falls under that same reason, so when romance was picked as our next genre group I knew it was a race to find the best book that would scar the rest of us for life. We've had some books for this group that make me shake my head and wonder, then we got this one and I won't lie...I actually enjoyed it.
The plot was actually mostly interesting, the characters were decently fleshed out (hehe), and I found that I didn't mind the actual writing. What came as an utter shock to me was that I apparently liked it enough to finish it in two days. Do I actually care about whether Meredith becomes the next queen? Absolutely not. Do I care if Cel survives his punishment? Still nope. Do I want to find out however if she finally sleeps with my favorite of the guards Doyle? Uhh...YES.
I did struggle a little bit with the beginning of this book. I felt like there were things introduced, like the mention of Sidhe worship (which is forbidden), that was never really touched upon again. When it's first brought up it's made a huge deal that something like that is happening but once you reach the ending all of a sudden it's resolved with only one sentence and not mentioned elsewhere.
Would I have read this book on my own because of the synopsis? Nope. I honestly probably would have never taken a second glance at this. Am I glad that someone picked this for book club and I was basically forced to read it? Absolutely, and I will probably wind up picking up the next book so I can see if Doyle finally gets a turn.
I actually read this book in 2 days. It had my attention. However, that being said, I felt like I was turning pages to see what was going to happen next and never really got most of the plot points answered. It almost seemed as if the author kept changing her mind as far as which direction the book/story was going to go. The sex was too much, but maybe it was more of all the "looking past extra parts" thing that started to bother me. I don't think Merry had sex with anyone who was just normal, or as "normal" as she is. The partner had extra something, or green skin, or silver (Christmas tinsel silver) hair, or scales. It seemed every scene was more "exotic" than the past one. I was surprised when I reached the end. I felt like nothing was really answered and everything that did "end" ended really quickly. I'm not sure where this story is going. It was a page turner so that was something. I enjoyed the main character and her "charisma." I have to say that Hamilton's talent is building and building a story that makes you want to keep reading but I'm not sure she knows how to end a story. I bought the next book and am so far very disappointed with the way the story is going.
The writing style was a bit hard to get into at first, but it got better. Some chapter felt like a sum-up while some took too long to process. The world build was interesting. I just couldn’t stop reading it once the story started kicking in. I liked the aspect of a princess hiding in mortal world to save her life. Meredith was not a damsel in distress; she fighted back. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series.
Hamilton's books have been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. On the face of it they are nonsense: we are asked to believe in a world with homicidal vampires and werewolves co-existing with a modern high tech civilization. *Our* version of the human race has hunted nearly every predator on the planet to the brink of extinction. Somehow humans in Hamilton's world are willing to tolerate predation of people by intelligent monsters. The back story is never really explained. But Hamilton is a damn good writer, and she conveys the grim desperation of her characters struggling with powers and conflicts not of their making. I am always curious to see what will happen next, and since Hamilton is not shy of killing off characters, one can't be complacent. However, her new character (Meredith NicEssus) is barely distinguishable from her old one, Anita Blake. Both are grim, types with complicated sex lives. Both complain about being seriously out of their depth and underpowered despite having amazing supernatural abilities. Both have a familiarity with weapons that would make Soldier of Fortune proud. Other reviewers have commented that Meredith's sex life is kinkier, but you can see a steady trend in Anita Blake away from plain vanilla in the last few books. My final criticism is that the main character doesn't seem to *do* anything. She's in a detective agency but little deducing. She gets in a few battles which she wins with unexpected abilities. There isn't much of a mystery for her to solve - it's pretty clear who is trying to kill her. The book stops more than ends - a lot of the main problems in the character's life are not resolved, but will provide grist for the sequel. For all of this, Hamilton is an excellent writer. Sure her sex scenes get a bit gratuitous, but she crafts some fine incidental characters, creates an interesting take on magic, and puts her characters in some interesting political binds. Her characters are intelligent and strongly motivated. Her settings are vividly portrayed. I recommend to wait to buy this book in paperback, but I'd be sure to pick it up then.
I found the start of this book a bit of a drag to get through but once you got all the details of this very complex character out of the way things get interesting. The faire princess feel to this book is very adult. While I feel there could have been less erotic scenes in this book and more action it was still a good read.
If you have read her Anita Blake vampire Hunter series be prepared to catch similarities between the two character's. This also takes a tone of writing that feels like some of the newest Anita books where there is a lot of erotica and less action.
Overall it is a entertaining read but not my favorite.