A DREAM OF STONE & SHADOW
There are those who do terrible things in this world, and those who simply watch. Charlie would do neither. Imprisoned, his only release is through his own destruction—or through Aggie Durand. Sweet as a kiss or a rescued child, she is the one dream he does not dare desire. As an agent of Dirk & Steele, she could be his salvation. Today, Charlie's dream is waking.
A Dream of Stone and Shadow by Marjorie M. Liu is the second book in Dark Dreamers, but it's the only one I really plan to read. Not a Feehan fan at all.
I don't remember Aggie from any of the previous books, but Roland does make an appearance (via phone) to tie things together. It also seems that this one takes place during the events of the previous book.
The book deals with a rather horrific topic (child porn and slavery), but doesn't dwell too much on it, which is nice. It's there, but not in your face.
The romance happens fairly quickly, but it is a short story, after all. For awhile, I really wondered how Charlie and Aggie would get together. And I kinda wished this had been a full length story because I think it had the potential to be one. But I still liked what it was. Liu's definitely created a fun world and ADoSaS just shows how much stuff we haven't seen in the previous books.
Oh, I can't wait for Eye of Heaven! December can't come soon enough.