Title: A Caress of Twilight
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2002
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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. . . .
One thing that’s done really well in this book is the character development. We really get to know Meredith and her guards/lovers a lot better, particularly Rhys, Frost, and Doyle. I felt like it was getting into more of the meat of the story, rather than the last book that needed to include a lot more world-building.
Having said that, I feel like the “ancient evil” storyline wasn’t fleshed out very well. It kind of came up a bit late in the book, and then it was mostly ignored until the end. And even then, it just seemed like it was over a bit too quickly and easily. Most of the book dealt, instead, with faerie court intrigue and Meredith’s romances, which were interesting, but could have been interesting and interwoven with more details about the other subplot.
Overall, though, A Caress of Twilight was another good book in the series, and I’m really starting to get into the characters. If you liked the first book, you’ll definitely like this one as well.