Reviews of Caress of Twilight, a (2002)
Review by sTalking_Goat (2003-12-10)
I am like a battered wife. I keep getting slapped in the face and coming back for more. I just can't help it. I managed to stay away fram Hamilton's books for quite a while though, six months aleast since I started Curealean sins and never finished that piece of crap. Sadly I did finish this one and its more of the same. Actually thats inaccurate. Hamilton manages to tone down the gratuitous sex. There's three whole scenes in this book and she thankfully doesn't drag them out too long. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much else. Some mingled subplots, one with Kitto <sp?> the half goblin that also has a staring role in one of the aformentioned sex scenes comes off as rather disturbing, as Hamilton went out of her way to paint him as small and childlike. ( He wears a Wiley E. Coyote T-shirt for godsake.)
The big disappointment is that this is basically turning into the Anita Blake series. Both characters (Merry and Anita) are far too similar. Worse yet for every character from the Blake series, there seems to be a doppleganger in this one. And Hamilton seems intent on repeating what I consider to be the Blake series' downfall, that is solving every new problem by giving the Protagonist a new power.
That said I'll probably read the next one anyway. Because if you can stand the cliches, and the endless string of gorgeous male characters will long hair and exotic eyes, these books are actually not a bad way to kill a couple of hours.