I can't believe Mercedes Lackey had much to do with the writing of this book. I wish she (and I) had given it a miss. Child abuse and abduction is such a serious issue - it deserves better writing and character development. Even the villains were not very interesting or believable. All that aside, my biggest issue with the book was the mother of the abused child - she had NO backbone. She just cried. And cried. And cried, while the men folk (and fairy folk) fought her battles. Gah.
She didn't even stand up to the verbal abuse from a casual character when she should have - at the very least - unleashed her anger at the situation with a sharp retort. (When searching for her missing son at a race track a man told her she must be a bad mother and only could have gotten full custody of a man's son by hiring an expensive lawyer - she cried, of course!) She could have made verbal cutlets of the creep, and it would have at least added a little spunk to her character!