Saturday, December 19, 2009

Review: Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton

Title: Divine Misdemeanors
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Dec. 8, 2009)
Pages: 352

Product Description: You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kin’s treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heir—all for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world—and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.

While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.

But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.

I thought I’d left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever—even if they’re magical.

My Thoughts: I always look foreward to the next book in this series. This one was number 8 and did not disappoint. I like that Merry and company are making a place for themselves in LA. I liked that this one spent less time talking about fey politics. This episode concerns itself with the various kinds of adjustments the fey who followed Merry to LA have to make. The mystery added interest to the story. While there were numerous sex scenes, none seemed gratuitous. The sex scenes are relevant to the plot. Merry helps her men recover their lost powers through sex. A big deal is made about the sidhe and the fey's need for touch. One of the subplots has to do with whether or not Barinthus who was a friend of Merry's father should have his powers increased. I like that Merry is expanding her interests to include her human friends. I am eager to see where the story goes next.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I read this review- I'm on the fence about whether or not I want to keep going with this series and your review encouraged me to give it a try. Maybe I'll get it out of the library and go from there. Thanks!


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