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Seduced by Moonlight
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ballantine, 373 pages

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton has never wanted to do anything but write, so she earned an English degree. A brief fling with wanting to be Jane Goodall earned her a biology degree as well. She met her husband, a confirmed reader of fantasy and science fiction, at college.

ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: A Caress of Twilight
SF Site Review: Narcissus In Chains
SF Site Review: Blue Moon
SF Site Review: Burnt Offerings
SF Site Review: Nightseer
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A review by Alisa McCune

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Seduced by Moonlight Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton is the third book in the Merry Gentry series. While this book is the weakest in this series, any Hamilton fan will enjoy it.

Seduced by Moonlight begins a few weeks after the end of Caress of Twilight. Merry and her guards have moved onto the estate of the fey actress Maeve Reed, who is pregnant due to fertility rites performed by Merry and Galen. Public interest and political intrigue seem to be weighing down all her guards, and Merry herself is frustrated. King Kurag figures prominently in the book, as he attempts to thwart his alliance with Merry. Assassination attempts affect Merry and her guards in ways never imagined.

Seduced by Moonlight does have some problems. It does not appear to further the storyline arc started in Kiss of Shadows and continued in Caress of Twilight. Merry seems to have discontinued her PI work, and no mystery plot was worked into the story line. I was disappointed to find the early plot development to be of little or no importance to the ending.

On the other hand, many things are done extremely well by Hamilton. The characters do develop more deeply emotionally, and it was very refreshing to read about strong male leads that are also eye candy. Hamilton has an amazing imagination that is thoroughly explored in Seduced by Moonlight. While I found the ending to be a let-down, I did enjoy Merry's triumph of power. It was very moving to experience Merry's emotions as she faced some of her worst fears. Queen Andais also experiences an emotional change not hinted at in the previous two books.

Copyright © 2004 Alisa McCune

Alisa discovered science fiction at the tender age of eight. She devoured The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and never looked back. She lives in Chicago with her husband, cat, and 5000 books. For more information please visit her website at alisaandmike.com.


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