This book was a real surprise! Nagle writes about the Aelven, another term for Elves. Her Elves are immortal, possess unusual gifts, and are not a prolific race. They hide from humans, and resist relationships with humans because humans will age and die. The Aelven won't. Their main problem is a disease which turns those afflicted into vampire-like creatures who only exist on blood. Our main human character, Lenore, known unfortunately as "Len," (what human girl ever deserved that nickname?). Naturally, she becomes immediately obsessed by the Aelven she meets at the campus library where she and her best friend work. The immediate attraction must be another Elven gift; they're very handsome creatures, but I did find Len's obsession surprising. Their relationship came about too fast for my comfort, but maybe the Aelven really are that irresistible.
I found the story complex, and the characters just as complex. The northern New Mexico setting is an important part of the story too, with the Aelven curandero fascinating and appealing on so many levels. This is a unique story, not the usual run of the mill story of Elves and vampires. I couldn't put it down!