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Seduced by Moonlight Paperback – January 1, 2005
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- ASIN : B007CFQBJA
- Publisher : Ballantine (January 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0345443594
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345443595
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,487,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merry has to go home for the winter solstice ball, mostly because King Taranis is adamant that she attend a party being held especially for her. They all feel it is a trap, but to ignore him could cause him to challenge Merry. The queen is adamant that Merry takes more lovers, especially agricultural ones and picks them out for her. There is more than one assassination attempt, and Merry isn’t their only target, making this the one of the mysteries of this story. What Taranis and Andais hope to gain by their actions is another.
Since sex is being used as a tool to bring new or lost powers back to the people closest to Merry, it’s become a larger focal point of the story. Each coupling is different enough, especially with the interesting outcomes, that it’s easy enough to accept.
We’re introduced to a lot of new characters in this story. Expect politics, action, sex and more mythology on the fey.
I personally enjoy how things are coming about, the politics, relationships, mythology and action. But honestly, I could do with a little less vivid detail when it comes to sex. Yes, sex is an important part of the story, but I prefer to fill in some details with my imagination.
I love the idea that is no longer a mere-mortal.....hmm....wonder if the rumors are true!?! Seems so to me, but I think we all figured that was going to come to a head eventually anyway...right....right?
So, in Seduced by Midnight...we had lots of little power trips coming along, didn't we? Nicca, bless his little heart got a boost, as well as the yummy Frost...oh and of course the mysterious Doyle....can't forget the "tiny" demi-fey, Sage....poor poor exiled Maeve Reed, also got her powers back....hmmm...anyone else?? Oh yea, Bartinthus....oops, I forgot Kitto. I think that's all...oh this was within a few days! LOL
So Meredith is slightly possessed with the powers of Danu....hence the ability to bring sidhe into their powers and/or bring their powers back.
It was kind of a power trip...LOL...totally pun intended!
Merry and her men head back to Unseelie court for a few days full of events. Well the book ended only after day 1. And a mighty busy day that was! Which included, but not limited too, an additional handful of men to which she needs to bed (including Sholto!), a duel to the death, a blood rage spell on the Queen to which she slaughters most the guard, a wet reunion with Bartinthus (hehe), an assassination attempt on Merry, and even some possession tricks.
Very intense and in depth book. I may need to go back and re-read it to really get what the hell happened, lol!
Weird s*** has been happening since they defeated the Nameless--the collection of wild fairy magic that Tanaris set on them in book 2. Rhy and Doyle regained powers they had thought lost forever, and everyone else gained powers they had never had. AND Merry starts dreaming of the goddess and waking up with long lost Fae relics in her bed. Long long Seelie Fae relics . . .
Eese a PROB-leemmmm.
They're also preparing for trip to the sithen (fairy mound where the Fae live) to visit not only the Unseelie, but the Goblins and the Seelie as well.
This is a 400 page book, and they don't even begin the journey until just past the midway point.
That's 200 pages of filler, people! Necessary filler, perhaps, but filler nonetheless. And even after they hit the road, there's still not a definitive plot. A couple chapters later there's another assassination attempt on Merry and that grows (and grows) into a multifaceted plot to not only take out Merry, but perhaps Andais (Unseelie Queen) as well.
Ultimately the conspirators are unmasked and executed, Merry gains MORE Merry men, and Andais's sanity is more questionable than ever.
They have yet to make it to the Seelie court, Cel is only halfway into his punishment, and Merry still isn't pregnant.
It's been years since I read this series, but I have to believe it gets better, or why would I have bothered rereading it the first time? Two books of essentially filler is two book too many. Hmph.
However the Goddess is not done with Merry yet and helps Merry to bring more magic back to the sidhe. The Unseelie Sidhe can not believe that Merry is the one bringing back the magic and she is challenged. Now she must stay alive long enough so that she can make sure she and her men are kept safe from the harm of the queen and court.
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I used to be impressed that she at least did some rudimentary research, she even includes a bibliography with this one, unlike many other authors I could mention, but her grasp of, and complete lack of understanding of Irish and British history infuriated and alarmed me (to a degree). Yes, I realise that this is fantasy, and that Ms Hamilton writes alternative histories, but while using World War II as writing fodder is so overdone that nobody seems to notice or care how cheap and nasty it is anymore, this is really beyond the pale. I am really disappointed with this aspect of the novel.
The verdict? Do what I did, get it secondhand or go to your local library and get it. It's not worth paying full price for a copy.
If you've read the first to books, and loved them like I have, then you will love this to. We get to know more about Merry and her guards and there is plenty of story development. Perfect Anita Blake.