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A Caress of Twilight

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Series: Meredith Gentry (2)

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After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while she enjoys the greatest pleasures of her life attempting to conceive a baby with the warriors of her royal guard, she must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that's just her day job ...… (more)
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Synopsis: 'It is December, and Merry and the Sidhe warriors she has chosen as her lovers have returned to Los Angeles, California. Merry has resumed working for the Grey Detective Agency and several of the Sidhe have also joined the payroll.
Merry is approached by Maeve Reed, previously known as Conchenn before her exile from the Seelie Court and now a famous Hollywood actress. Maeve asks Merry to perform a fertility rite that will permit her to have a child by her dying human husband. In return, she tells the princess that the reason for her exile was that she had refused to become the wife of Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, because she believed he was sterile.
Galen, badly injured by the demi-fey during A Kiss of Shadows, has yet to heal, despite the usually phenomenal healing abilities of a sidhe warrior. Merry approaches the Queen of the Demi-Fey, Niceven, regarding a cure. The price of the cure and an alliance is a weekly drink of Merry's blood by a surrogate to be chosen by Niceven.
During Merry's first night in bed with Doyle, they are interrupted by Andais who reveals that the Nameless has been freed. The worst of both courts, the Nameless was the last great spell that Seelie and Unseelie had cooperated upon. They had stripped themselves of everything too awful for them to be permitted to stay in the United States, and from it had been formed the Nameless.
A strange murder brings members of the Grey Agency, including Merry, to the scene. However, their presence is challenged by others of the police force and they are thrown off site. However, this is not before they have a chance to suspect that supernatural forces are at work. It is suspected that the lives had been sucked from the murder victims by the ghosts of dead gods. Nothing is said to the police, however, as the only known person to work such a spell was a sidhe and, if it were discovered, that fact could result in all sidhe being banished from the country.
Healed from his injuries by Niceven's representative, Sage, Galen acts the part of the Green Man in the fertility ritual with Merry which results in Maeve Reed becoming pregnant.
It begins to become clear that Taranis is also planning something as various social secretaries insist upon Merry attending first the Yule Ball and then a feast in her honour. This culminates in a conversation between Merry and Taranis himself.
Finally, the Nameless attacks Maeve Reed's home. It is finally defeated by Merry and her companions, Merry herself showing for the first time her second Hand of Power - the Hand of Blood. The result of the destruction of the Nameless is the release of the magics which formed it; these magics transfer themselves to the victors, who begin to exhibit unforeseen side effects.'
Review: I can totally see Galen as 'the Green Man'. And we still don't know if Maeve is really pregnant. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 28, 2022 |
I am a big fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I do prefer her Anita Blake series but her Merry Gentry series is quite good too. As usual, for her, it is a very well developed world with lots of violence. It can be a bit tricky to keep all the guys straight but in general I find the books to have far more positives than negatives. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
blah blah more comfort porn time, this time with less tentacles. I'd forgotten these earlier books had more by the way of plot than just OPERATION KNOCKED UP, it's kind of nice. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
A Caress of Twilight begins a few months after the events in A Kiss of Shadows. It is December, and Merry and the Sidhe warriors she has chosen as her lovers have returned to Los Angeles, California. Merry is approached by Maeve Reed, previously known as the Goddess Conchenn before her exile from the Seelie Court and now a famous Hollywood actress. Maeve asks Merry to perform a fertility rite that will permit her to have a child by her dying human husband. In return, she will tell the princess that the reason for her exile.
Merry���������s uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion shows new and disturbing interest in Merry and invites her to the Seelie Court. Meanwhile, the Nameless, a spell formed to hold all the wild magics of the faerie, attacks Maeve Reed's home. It is finally defeated by Merry and her companions, Merry herself showing for the first time her second Hand of Power���������the Hand of Blood. The result of the destruction of the Nameless is the release of the magic which formed it. This magic transfers itself to the victors, who begin to exhibit unforeseen side effects.
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  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
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Moonlight silvered the room, painting the bed in a hundred shades of grey, white, and black.
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'I have spent time at both courts, Mother. There is not a great deal to choose between the two.'

'How can you say that to me, Meredith? I have done my time at the dark court, and I know how hideous it is.'

'I have spent my time in the shining court, and I know that my blood is just as red on shining gold-laced marble as it is on black.'

She frowned, looked confused. 'I don't know what you mean.'

'If Gran had not interceded for me, would you really have let Taranis beat me to death? Beat your own daughter to death in front of your eyes?' (chapter 32)
[Merry to Hedwick]
'It was agreed that my title in the Unseelie Court supersedes my Seelie title. Now that I am heir to the Unseelie throne I can no longer acknowledge my uncle as high king. For me to acknowledge the title might imply that he's also high king of the Unseelie, and that is not true.' (chapter 26)
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After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while she enjoys the greatest pleasures of her life attempting to conceive a baby with the warriors of her royal guard, she must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that's just her day job ...

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As Princess Meredith will inherit the throne, the men of her royal guard desire to be the future king -- and father of her child. Back-stabbing makes it difficult for Meredith to pursue her living as a private investigator in Los Angeles. The princess must fend off ancient evil that destroys the very fabric of reality.
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