Plot introduction[ edit ] A faerie princess turned private investigator in a world where faeries are not only known to the general public, but are also fashionable, the title heroine is Princess Meredith NicEssus, also known as Merry Gentry. While her aunt tried to kill her as a child, she has since offered her the title as crown princess as the Court needs more heirs. 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.

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I had fought my way through about two hundred pages of badly written soft porn I have no aversion at all to well A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. I had fought my way through about two hundred pages of badly written soft porn I have no aversion at all to well written soft porn and had come to a section where various of the loathsome characters were discussing the genital endowment of a particular historical vampire. This vampire, we were told salivatingly, had been the possessor of a penis so doughty that his erection was a full six inches thick.

Not six inches long. Not even six inches in circumference. But thick. This reviewer did not, as might have so many other men, rush straight to the nearest mirror to gaze at and weep over his own deficiencies. He did not even accidentally turn the ruler to the centimetre side while frantically checking.

Instead he threw the book across the room and then, remembering the principles of academic rigour, asked a couple of congenital experts on matters penile if such a weapon might be of any practicable use other than being waved around proudly to impress the rest of the guys in the locker room. Gentle reader, they laughed so hard I wondered if I should call an ambulance.

And the book stayed thrown. It is the second in a series of novels about Meredith Gentry, a princess of Fairyland who is also a private detective in our own world, it being the rather charming conceit of this series that the USA has offered a home to refugees from the Realm of Faerie. Meredith -- "Merry" -- is somewhat of a fugitive from the politics of the royal courts of Fairyland, some of whom wish to murder her and with others of whom she maintains at best a relationship of mutual distrust, powerbroking chessplay and hostile alliance.

She is guarded by a bunch of other elementals, all male and all of them possessed of six-inch. Well, no, not quite. At the start of the book, Merry has just finished a threesome with two of the guards, and as the tale -- such as it is -- progresses she samples the rest of them, in each instance for several drooling pages.

Lemme think, now. The plot has to do with a criminal investigation that Merry and her studs are attempting to carry out. Someone in Fairyland has let loose an ancient terror which is responsible for all the bad things that are going on. Case solved, out with the measuring tape and back to the fun. What does that have to do. And so on. There are also, unless this reader is being even stupider than usual, some puzzling inconsistencies.

What, leaving such considerations aside, of the status of A Caress of Shadows as a straightforward fantasy? That initial conceit, however -- that the denizens of Faerie are the new refugees in an alternate-reality USA -- is genuinely a pleasing one. But then that is perhaps not the purpose of Ms Hamilton or her publishers.


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