- Title: Seduced by Moonlight
- Series: Meredith Gentry – book #3
- Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
- Recommended reader age: 18+
- Sexual content level: Moderate
- Related authors: Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost
- Similar series: Cassie Palmer, Dorina Basarab, Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake
Princess Meredith is set to inherit the throne of the Unseelie (dark fae) court… all she has to do is conceive a child with one of her fae guards, the Queen’s Ravens. Even though she’s decended from 5 different fertility gods, this is a lot harder than it sounds. Harder, but not a hardship. *wink* Merry’s little band (*ahem* harem) of 5 guards is quickly becoming less of a band and more of a company. She’s due to appear in three fae courts soon- the Seelie, Unseelie, and Goblin- and keeping her alive through all that may be challenging, since her cousin Prince Cel’s supporters still want to see him on the throne instead of Merry. As she starts her tour of the courts, long-lost fae powers begin returning to her warriors (and herself), and the action heats up!
I really liked this one. The first two were great reads – easy to get through and really grabbed my attention- but this one was hard to put down. What power would she manifest next? What new ability would one of her guards accidentally develop? Who would she get to try her new Hand of Blood power on?
One of the things I really like about LKH is that she develops characters “for the long haul”, meaning she gives them depth and purpose but she doesn’t shove it all in your face the first time you meet them. The introduction of the nuances of their personality and character (and abilities!) are woven into the storylines and are integral to the personal feel of the novels. Her characters stick around (unless they die, and even then you may see them again) and you never know what she’s going to do with them.
I also love the dynamic between LKH’s strong female leads and her supporting male characters (and the females too, although there aren’t as many of those). She’s put Merry (and Anita Blake, in her other series) in a situation where she must spend large amounts of time with a crowd of men. That sets the scene for some great romantic encounters and for some stellar tension and drama. Goodbye boring bodice rippers, hello magical 2, 3, & 4-way encounters! And by magical, I mean actual magic…
In many respects, the Merry Gentry series is similar to the Anita Blake series – it has a strong central female character, who is a detective and is always in mortal danger, surrounded by a literal harem of men, and develops unique and impressive abilities as the series goes on. However, Merry’s series is much more magically bent than Anita’s. Anita lives in a world of violence, where guns and swords and fangs are the biggest threats, with a side of magic here and there. Merry’s whole life is based on magic. She is so sensitive to it that she has to keep up a permanent shield to the latent magic that surrounds all fae and the environment of the fairy locales. I’m a fan of fantasy as much as science fiction, and while I don’t care for straight up violence and gore (a few of the AB books gave me a rough time!), I actually enjoy it sometimes when it’s mixed with magic or high fantasy. Maybe because it’s less real… I dunno, but I don’t question it! 😉
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If you’ve read Seduced by Moonlight and liked it, you might check out the Cassandra Palmer series from Karen Chance and the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Merry’s adventure-style story and overall personality are closer to Cassie Palmer than to Anita Blake (especially with the magical elements), but the detective work relationships with all the men resembles Anita Blake as well. This series (so far) also reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire Chronicles by Charlaine Harris) in the earlier novels, before the politics started taking over the plotlines, albeit with a more cosmopolitan attitude about sex.
On being famous…
I caught a glimpse of the gun wrapped in (Doyle’s) towel. The helicopter circling overhead never knew that any of us was armed. They also couldn’t see Frost standing just inside the sliding glass doors, hidden by a spill of drapes. He was fully dressed, and very fully armed. I think the reason I didn’t mind the media games so much was that if no one tried to kill me, it was a good day. When that’s your criterion for a good day, what’s a few helicopters and some racy photos? Not much.
Hmmm I think I put all my “final thoughts” into my “thoughts” section! Not much more to say about this one because I’m too eager to finish this so I can move on to the next!! Loved it! If you’re on the fence about reading Laurell K. Hamilton because of what you’ve heard about the Anita Blake series, give Merry Gentry a try. It’s less violent (well, less gory), more romantically focused yet with a good mystery plot. The sexual encounters (so far at least – in these first three books) are less detailed than the later Anita Blake books, but not boring in any respect, so if the voyeuristic nature of Anita’s lifestyle bothers you, you may feel more comfortable with Merry. =)
5 fangs: BITE IT!