Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Review: Divine Misdemeanors

This is the 8th book in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton.

Book Blurb:

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.

I enjoyed this book. :)

Divine Misdemeanors finds Merry and Company back in LA and once again working cases for Grey Detective Agency. I like this much better. No court politics, no assassins - just Merry and crew trying to live a normal life while waiting for the birth of their babies. :)

If having 6 fathers for 2 babies can be considered normal. Oh and the fact that they now have almost 100 'exiles' living on the property with them. Property that does not belong to them - but has been graciously loaned by Ms. Reed, another fey born in debt to Merry for returning her powers.

Now with the Merry books - sex is expected. Merry is a fertility deity and it appears that her goddess has in mind to use Merry as the means to return the fey to their original powers. By having sex with them. :)

Every time Merry has sex with one of the fey she brings out the powers that are dormant in that individual fey or half fey. She has, in the past, used this as a means of securing an alliance with other fey factions.

As I said, with the Merry books - sex is expected and Divine Misdemeanors is no exception. We have 130 or so pages before the first encounter - and 3 - 5 encounters after that...but there always seems to be a reason. LOL

I give Divine Misdemeanors 4 out of 5 stars. :)


A Kiss of ShadowsA Caress of TwilightSeduced By MoonlightA Stroke of Midnight
Mistral's KissA Lick of FrostSwallowing DarknessDivine Misdemeanors


Blodeuedd said...

Oh, oh, well I can like that :)
That 6 fathers thing puzzling though

Danielle87 said...

Oh, see I had the exact opposite reaction to you. I missed all the court politics and controversy - I thought the detective story-line was boring and there wasn't enough talk about the babies (I am dying for Merry to sit down with her men and hash out what happens to the twins when she dies).

I missed Queen Andais (I don't actually *like* her character, but she's such an evil badass that I like reading her)

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