A Caress of Twilight
Laurell K. Hamilton
Fawcett, 2003 (2002)
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Reviewed by Wesley Williamson
found the first Princess Meredith novel,
A Kiss of Shadows
, a refreshing change from the author's
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
stories. After nine or ten books in that series I think Anita needed a little rest. I know I did. Not that I would call Princess Meredith, heir to the Unseelie throne of the Queen of Air and Darkness, and her amorous (for lack of a more explicit word) affairs, exactly restful.
n the first book, Meredith was made joint heir to the Unseelie throne with the Queen's son, Prince Cel, a very nasty villain. The first to produce a child will become Queen, or King, of the Court. Cel is suffering six months torture for attempting to assassinate Meredith, and she has returned to work in the detective agency in Los Angeles, with four of the Queen's Guard, high ranking sidhe. They have been assigned to protect her and to assist her in becoming heir, and she is doing her level best to accomodate them, at least in the second objective.
owever Meredith is distracted by the strange deaths by suffocation of groups of people, hundreds of them. She discovers that they were caused by a spell which raised the ghosts of immortals. The latter must be stopped before they regain their full powers. Even more dangerous, someone has released the
, all the darker powers which both the Seelie and Unseelie courts relinquished and kept bound when they were accepted to live in America. The very existence of Faerie is at risk.
ll is resolved in the end, leaving just enough tantalizing threads to leave me agog for the next novel in the series.
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