April 4, 2013

Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton

I finally finished the 8th and most recent book in Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series, and all I can seem to think is, "That's it?"  After all of the huge developments and resolutions in book 7, I was really, really looking forward to more of the same with this book.  But, sadly, I was once again disappointed.  It feels to me like what happened is that most of the plot lines were resolved and wrapped up neatly with a bow in book 7, so book 8 really had no where to go.  At the end of book 7, Meredith and Doyle refused the crowns to the Unseelie court in order to save Frost, and Meredith refused the Seelie nobles offer to try and place her on that throne, and instead decided to run away to Los Angeles until after the birth of her babies.  She decided this because it was a way for her to keep both her men and her babies safe.  That's all fine and good, but in reality it makes for a very boring story.  I was hoping that in book 8 Meredith would realize that there was no way she could leave the Unseelie fey to the evil machinations of Queen Andais, and that she MUST find a way to return and claim the crown that is rightfully hers.  Uh, no.  Not even close.  Then I was hoping that maybe the new story arc in the series would be that Meredith and her men would now return to work as detectives in the Grey agency and help solve crime.  Well, sorta.  That is the direction that the book went, but once again it was disappointing.  The book starts off with Merry at a gruesome crime scene that consists of multiple dead demi-fey.  This evolves into a serial killer that is targeting fey victims.  Once again, this was a great opportunity to at least interest the reader with a complex and intriguing murder mystery that revolved around Merry's fey subjects.  Merry would have felt compelled to protect her people and solve the mystery no matter the cost.  No, not so much.  Instead we get lecture after lecture from Merry's fathers-to-be about how she can't put herself in danger because she's pregnant, blah, blah, blah.  The murder mystery is never fully developed, and when they finally do discover who the killers are, it takes like 10 pages to defeat them and solve the case.  Another complaint I have about this book is the sheer amount of repetition.  If someone is picking up this book for the first time and doesn't understand who Merry is, who her men are, and what their magic is, then they should put this book down and go buy book #1.  For those of us who have read all 8 books, such detailed description multiple times in the same book are tedious and annoying.  To sum it up, I guess I can say that I'm glad the series is over for now.  I know that Laurell K. Hamilton has said that there will probably be at least one more book, but she is having trouble writing it.  So for now, there is no definite deadline on when the next Meredith Gentry novel will be published.  I can't say that I'm heartbroken......  And now I get to go read something else.  Yay!  I give this book 2 stars.

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