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Laurell K. Hamilton , Laural Merlington
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April 2002 Meredith Gentry Novels (Book 2)

She is Princess Meredith and she is heir to a throne - IF she can stay alive long enough to claim it. Unlike most of her kind, Merry is part human and all too mortal, as her cousin and arch rival knows only too well. For a deadly game is being played in the Faerie court and whoever produces an heir first wears the crown. But as she auditions her royal guard - illustrious warriors equally at home with gun and blade or spell - for the role of future king and father of her child, Merry is somewhat distracted from her career as a private investigator.

Then, in her adoptive home, in the City of Angels, people start dying in mysterious, frightening ways. What the human police don't realize is that the killer is hunting the Fey as well. It seems chaos awaits, threatening the very existence of the place known as Faerie is in grave danger and Merry finds herself facing an ancient evil that threatens the very fabric of her world. And that's just the day job...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590860349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590860342
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.9 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,351,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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"'Real heart-pumping stuff'" (Bookseller) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Edgy, erotic and dangerously exciting - the spellbinding sequel to A KISS OF SHADOWS... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Entertainment!! 19 April 2005
Princess Meredith Nic-Essus is a member of the High Court of Faerie. When she lives in Los Angles, however, as she has for the past three years, Meredith assumes the name and identity of Merry Gentry. Merry works as a P.I. for Jeremy Grey, owner of the Grey Detective Agency, which specializes in "Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions." She left the faerie world, the mounds at Cahokia, in Illinois, to go into hiding in California when her cousin Cel, the evil heir to the throne, attempted to have her assassinated once too often.
Meredith's Aunt Andais is Queen of Air and Darkness, and has ruled over the Unseelies, (those not of pure fey blood), for over one thousand years. Those who have pure faerie blood are the Seelies, and her uncle Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, reigns over them. Meredith is mortal, half Seelie Court and half Unseelie, (part of her heritage is Brownie). The Queen sent Doyle, the Captain of her Raven Guard, to the West Coast to bring her niece back to the High Court. Meredith was forced to return because Andais finally realized, what was obvious to many, that her only son and heir did not possess the necessary attributes and character to become King. So the Queen placed Prince Cel and Princess Meredith on equal footing. She stipulated that whoever became a parent first would be her successor. Meredith must bear a child before Cel can father one if she wants to wear the crown. The bit about having a child is paramount, although Andais could have handled the situation more delicately. The sidhe have fertility problems. Thus, childbearing is of the utmost importance if the royal line is to continue.
Meredith is finally allowed to escape the political machinations of court life and return to LA.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously decedent! 17 Mar 2003
This book was a fantastic sequel to the first, which I also enjoyed. This is something great to escape from the mundane run off the mill grind. Meredith is an engaging and vibrant character and has life breathed into her by the show of flaws and temperament. She is not untouchable (despite the magical nature of the story) as she remains a witty, sensual and honest character throughout.
I couldn't comment on the similarity with the Anita Blake series, I haven't yet read them but I now intend to. I guessed I feared they would be a poor Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off (thanks to my friend I who informed me other wise!)
The sex in the book is delightfully wicked not averse to picking on the more kinky aspects. This was a witty, sensual and at times emotional book. This makes a welcome change to the serious and dramatic books I have read lately. For a day and a half I was lost in this sensual world of magic and sex...and I loved it. I just hope there's more and soon!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much, much better than Kiss of Shadows 7 Jun 2002
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If the first book (Kiss of Shadows) put you off this series, rest assured that this one is far better. Hamilton seems far more relaxed around Merry now, and while there is still the sensual element that dominated the first book, here it is toned down, and she concentrates more on developing a plot than describing her heroine's sex life in chapter spanning length. The scene has been set and there is more exploration into the complex world of the Seelie/Unseelie Court, politics and the other Courts of the fey world. Peterson crops up again, and i am sure that he will be another notch on Merry's whittled bedpost before the series is over. The reader learns more of Merry's guards/lovers and the implications there would be for the one who finally fathers a child with her.
The only drawback is that the end of this book feels rushed, especially the scene with the Nameless. Hamilton spent so much time and detail over the scenes with and surrounding Taranis & Niceven, and the last couple of chapters feel a little lacking as a result.
It will be interesting to see what other talents Merry develops in the following books. After a bit of a shaky start, Hamilton is getting down to business now, and if the next four are up to the same standard as Caress of Twilight, this will be an excellent series.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicious dose of magic, violence and sex. 25 Mar 2002
Merry Gentry has returned to our lives in another erotically charged adventure. Surrounded by her cadre of handsome and fierce fey guards and seeking to soldify her power base, Meredith must play High Court politics with the skill of a Queen that she hopes to one day become.
'A Caress of Twilight', like it's predecessor 'A Kiss of Shadows', explores a world where magic exists and faeries work for detective agencies. Laurell K. Hamilton likes to mix sex, violence and magic into a complex, believable and extraodinary world .
This novel continues an engaging story that Hamilton began in 'A Kiss of Shadows'. Hamilton has a knack for making faeries and their magical culture utterly real in a world based on our own. As a dedicated fan of Laurell K. Hamilton I would recommend it heartily to others fans.
However, I do find sometimes that Merry Gentry and Anita Blake (from Hamilton's vampire hunter novels) are very similar and Hamilton is not treading very much new ground in these novels that she has not already covered with Anita Blake.
As a fan of both Anita and Merry I am happy to read more of the same in this captivating universe. For the less die-hard fan the similarities could become tiresome.
That said, this novel is a lovely way to lose yourself to a book over a long weekend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this series.
I, as always, am struggling to write this review. I feel that what I say will not do it justice. So I will keep it short and sweet and simply say that; I highly recommend this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bex79
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
I like this series better than the Anita Blake series and that's saying something! Just buy the whole series to save yourself time!
Published 6 months ago by PerfectPurplePak
5.0 out of 5 stars maradith
a compelling story full of sex and magic.read one you need to read the series.well written LAURELL K HAMILTON.you are a most excellent and imaginative story teller.
Published 13 months ago by shep51
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough of these books..........
so I have already purchased No. 3 and No. 4.

In this book, Merry and her bodyguards are asked by a famous actress to assist her. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pyewacket
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I love this book because it takes me to a different worl and i can lose myself for a while. Could not put it down
Published 17 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentry Series
This is a great story about fairies and goblins and mythical things, good insight to the other worldy stuff, great description, colour full and some ace characters.
Published 19 months ago by Carmen
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than 50 Shades.
I recommend this book, It's a great series, for raunchy-ness it tops the 50 shades trilogy but it doesn't get in the way of the story and isn't as repetitive.
Published 24 months ago by Lizzie C
5.0 out of 5 stars bobby
Merry Gentry books are fun, saucy, blood-lust fairy storys that just run seemlessly from one book to the next. Once you start you just you just cant put it down *****
Published on 7 Aug 2012 by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Much better than the 1st one, became hooked after the first chapter....
Some great growth in characters, which was needed.
if you like Anita Blake, you'll enjoy this.
Published on 17 July 2012 by atomicjeleyfish
5.0 out of 5 stars great escapist read
fab second installment to the merry gentry story. im racing through so that i can get to thenext one! love it.
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by looby
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