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A Caress Of Twilight


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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...

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Edgy, erotic and dangerously exciting - the spellbinding sequel to A KISS OF SHADOWS...

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Meredith Gentry novels - A KISS OF SHADOWS, A CARESS OF TWILIGHT and now SEDUCED BY MOONLIGHT - and ten acclaimed Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels. She lives in St Louis with her family.


This is Hamilton's second novel about Meredith Gentry (after A Kiss of Shadows), a true princess of the Faerie who makes her home in Los Angeles. There she lives in self-imposed exile from the fey world with a few handpicked s!dhe warriors who protect her from her foes and, when off duty, share her bed. Meredith has several enemies, the most dangerous being her cousin Cel, son of Queen Andais. The queen has proclaimed that the first of her two co-heirs, Meredith and Cel, to produce a child will become the next ruler of her Unseelie Court. The politics of the Faerie are complex and dangerous, but Meredith is smart and savvy and proves a daunting adversary. Hamilton's novel, awash with magical and erotic images, blends Celtic myth with life in modern-day America. The intricate plot fascinates, but readers should be aware that it includes a great deal of graphic sex. By the author of the popular "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series, this sequel is suitable for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/01.] Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

In the second R-rated outing (after 2000's A Kiss of Shadows) from bestseller Hamilton to feature bright and winsome faery princess Meredith Gentry, the unlikely shamus, who runs an L.A. detective agency with a staff of faery musclemen (plus a pet goblin), seems to spend almost as much time pondering her position in the fey world as attending to her client, glamorous film star Maeve Reed, actually a Seelie goddess, who needs Meredith's help in getting pregnant. Meredith does what she can for Maeve, although she has troubles enough of her own in the conception game. As one of two possible heirs to the Unseelie throne, the other being her nasty cousin, Prince Cel, Meredith must produce her own child and then, by faery tradition, marry her partner. It isn't easy, since any father must be kingly material, but our heroine is a game lass, and her failure is not for lack of trying. In an exciting climax, the LAPD Bureau of Human and Fey Affairs summons Meredith to battle a fearsome, crawling, tentacled and slobbering monster, the Nameless, which was too blithely created by opposing faery courts her own, the Unseelie, ruled by her millennium-old aunt, Queen Andais, and the Seelie, ruled by the ruthless and equally ancient King Taranis. More attention to the detective motif might have made the story more fun, but steamy prose and Meredith's obsessive personal conflicts should keep the faithful turning the pages. (Apr. 2) Forecast: With a 10-city author tour, national print advertising and the success of last year's Narcissus in Chains and other novels in her Anita Blake vampire series, Hamilton should make another run at the bestseller lists. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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