Meredith Gentry chose the life of a loved one rather than be crowned Queen of the Unseelie Court of the Fey. Living in exile in LA with her loved ones, she now works as a private detective. When there are a spate of Fey murders, she is called in to consult by the LAPD. Merry realises that she hasn’t left everything behind that she thought she had. Blood and death are as present here as the Unseelie Court, and even immortals can die.
I’ve been a long time reader of both the Merry Gentry and the Anita Blake series’, but even I’m starting to get jaded. I really enjoyed the previous book, Swallowing Darkness, and had been looking forwards to this one, as I was optimistic that Hamilton had found her way again. Now I just feel disappointed with it.
It started off well and there was some actual plot and detective work going on which was surprisingly good, but that kind of fell by the wayside while Merry had to sleep with yet more of the fey. I foolishly thought that now she was pregnant with twins, that the character focus would be on her and the six fathers (plus the one or two other lovers who have to be in on it for various reasons). Frost and Doyle are probably my favourite characters and I hoped we would start seeing them as the two major characters behind Merry, but they seem almost relegated to the sidelines for this book.
Even worse, more get added to the entourage. The cast is just too large now, and I’m struggling to keep up with it. I’m also really fed up of the phrase ‘brought me screaming up off the bed/floor/bath etc.’, it’s used way too often and some new euphemisms or descriptions are really needed.
I also get she is a very lucky girl and every time she has sex, gets to have multiple orgasms and all that but really, I’m getting tired of reading about it. It’s not even that erotic anymore since it just seems to be the same thing over and over.
I’m fairly sure the aim is for her to have sex with every single creature of the fae (that are on her good side, unless it’s really important of course), so she can awaken their powers. Just have an orgy and get it over with.
Very disappointing after the previous book and could just be the end of the road for me and this series.