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A Kiss of Shadows (Wheeler Hardcover) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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April 2001 Wheeler Hardcover
"All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped. Her magic was always chasing blind leads. Princess Meredith skiing in Utah. Princess Meredith dancing in Paris. Princess Meredith gambling in Vegas. After three years I was still a front-page story for the tabloids, though the latest headlines had been speculating that I was dead as the King of Rock and Roll . . ."

Three years ago, Princess Meredith fled the court of her cruel Aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness, leaving that garden of decadent delights and backstabbing intrigues for the comparative calm of Los Angeles. Using her magic to pass for human, Meredith began a new life as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now Doyle, the Queen's chief bodyguard and assassin, has been dispatched to fetch her back--whether she likes it or not.

The product of a marriage designed to cement peace between the rival Seelie and Unseelie courts, Meredith has always been scorned by both factions in spite of her royal blood. But that blood is behind the Unseelie Queen's surprisingly urgent summons.

For ever since the fey's exile from Europe to America, their power and purity have been fading. Desperate to renew her race, Queen Andais now pins her hopes on a contest between Meredith and her own son, the sadistic Prince Cel. The first to produce a child will win the throne.

The loser's reward will be death . . .

Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling series of novels featuring Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, established her as one of the hottest new writers of dark fantasy and erotic horror. Now, in a thrilling adventure of unbridled imagination, Hamilton turns her talents to the glittering, myth-drenched lands of Faerie and brings them brilliantly into the postmodern age. Enter a thrilling, sensual world as threatening as it is beautiful, replete with the titanic passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods or demons. Full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, Laurell K. Hamilton's A Kiss of Shadows will hold you under its hypnotic spell.

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  • Hardcover: 637 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587240149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587240140
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,230,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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"A wonderful excursion into the magic of desire" (Alice Borchardt)

"As wild as the novel's premise is, memorable characters and wicked wit make is all delicious, ribald fun" (Publishers Weekly)

"An edgy story of sex, violence and magic that manages to be both disturbing and entertaining. Highly recommended" (Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Edgy, erotic and dangerously exciting - the spellbinding new dark fantasy by the bestselling author of the 'Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter' series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A KISS OF SHADOWS is hot, hot, hot!!! 28 May 2001
By A Customer
A KISS OF SHADOWS is the first book in Laurell K. Hamilton's new series on the fey. It features Princess Meredith NicEssus, aka Merry Gentry, a politically-savvy, kick a** heroine. Merry, a mixed-blood, has been hiding in Los Angeles for three years, from her wicked Aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After botching up a case at the Grey Detective Agency where she works, Merry is discovered and forced to go back to the Unseelie court at Cahokia, Illinois, accompanied by Andais's personal Darkness, Doyle. There, Merry discovers that times have changed at the court. The fey grows weak, and the Queen wants Merry to bed some of the most gorgeous sidhe men in the world. In a race for the throne against her sadistic cousin, Cel, Merry has to produce a child within three years. The loser will die...
I think that this book was even better than LKH's Anita Blake series. Why? Well, Ms. Hamilton introduces a bunch of gorgeous sidhe males, like Doyle, Frost, Rhys, Barinthus, Galen, etc. Most of the Ravens (Queen's Guards) lust after Merry badly, since the cruel Queen makes all of them celibate. My personal fave is Prince Cel, Andais's darkly handsome, evil son. I just LUV bad guys in black! However, this book is NOT for kiddies. Meredith seems to have sex or sexual activities with almost every male in the book. All in all, it is definitely much more erotic, much more sensual than the Anita Blake books. Merry is 33, and not shy at all with men in sexual matters, whereas Anita had been initially uncomfortable with her sexual status. Throughout this book, readers get a sense of Merry's growing powers, as the Princess of Flesh (just as Anita's power had grown). I can't wait to read CARESS OF TWILIGHT, the 2nd book in this fascinating series!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, unputdownable read. 21 Oct 2001
This is the first book by the author I've read. I intend to get as many more as possible. It's a thriller, part fantasy, but grounded in the world as we know it. It is extremely well plotted, in fact it has so many sub-plots going on you occassionally have to turn back a page, to make sure you haven't missed something. It also explores sex and sexuality and its politics and, refreshingly touches on some of the sides of sex that are generally not talked about.
Ms Hamilton also creates really great characters. Given she's already written a series, I do hope she feels another series coming on. Don't miss it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How long 'till the sequel? 14 Dec 2001
By A Customer
I couldn't put this book down from the moment I started it. I am a massive Anita Blake fan and LKH has now introduced us to a different world and a whole new set of characters in this book. The world is as enthralling as in the Anita Blake series and the characters just as strong. However, this book was obviously just an introduction, and the ending has left me screaming to read the next one....immensly frustrating and unsatisfying as the story only just seems to have started. Also, the book is very focused on sex, sex and yet more sex....something a little different from time to time might have been appreciated, but even so a cracking read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic imagery, LKH does it again only better 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
If you like your sex hot and the characters to linger then this is definately worth reading. LKH excelled with the Anita Blake series but with A Kiss of Shadows she takes the familiar gives it a twist and a whole new avenue of adventure and magic appears. LKHs' dark side really comes to the fore with the characters of Merry, Frost, Doyle and Andais. In the Anita Blake series she flirts with the dark side of sex and control but she really goes all out here. The storey line is a little weak but IF (and I really hope it is)this is the first in a new series from LKH then she has done a really good job of creating a whole new set of characters to build on, they connect and stay with you for hours after you have finished reading, with Anita Blake that didn't happen for me until I was well into the second book.
I loved it and I really want to read more of these characters - this book is definately going on my bookshelf as a keeper!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wonder what I would have thought of "A Kiss of Shadows" if I had not read Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels. Of course, for anybody who has read any of the ten novels about the Vampire Hunter and her complicated love life the similarities are blatantly obvious. We are presented again with a diminutive young woman with a strong sense of personal honor who discovers she has come into powers she never suspected she had, told in first person by our heroine so we always know everything she is thinking, including why she selects her clothing and how she hides her weapons. So Hamilton's fans will surely have the feeling they have been here before, and will be denied the perspective of fresh eyes when reading this first novel in Hamilton's new series (the next of which appears in March 2002).
This time Hamilton's heroine is an insider to the tumultuous political intrigue, third in line to the throne of her people. The Princess Meredith NicEssus fled from the courts of Faeire, knowing that because of her mortality she would not survive another duel as she was unwillingly drawn into a power struggle over the question of succession. For three years she has lived among the humans, working as Merry Gentry for the Grey Detective Agency ("Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions"), while sighting of the missing elfin princess became as popular as Elvis sightings in the tabloid press. Once again we are presented with a world "in media res," where the back-story on the heroine's circumstances are doled out during the narrative (along with some interesting references to what the fey did to Eva Braun with Hitler ticked them off). We assume this is the same alternative reality as the Anita Blake books since she has encountered the fey. But while part of "A Kiss of Shadows" takes place in the St.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to the series.
I definitely knew I was reading LKH. What a fantastic world. This echoes Anita Blake's world and yet is completely new. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bex79
5.0 out of 5 stars what a feast
An absolute party of fantastically beautiful men who although supernatural,, have strangely human sides to their personalities. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PerfectPurplePak
5.0 out of 5 stars Really exciting.
I came across this series by accident. I just typed 'The Gentry' into my Kindle and up popped these 4 books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pyewacket
1.0 out of 5 stars Stomach churning
This review is for Books 1-3 of this series, the only three I have read, or will be reading.

It took me a while before I realized what bothered me most about the heroine... Read more
Published 14 months ago by FantasyWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book
Really well written, so descriptive I felt like I was there! The storyline kept me hooked and I am going to get the next book as I can't wait to see how things play out for Merry. Read more
Published 14 months ago by dawn1007
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
My principal grump is that this was just Anita Blake does fantasy. (Meredith Gentry is an almost identical character to AB. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have now read all the Merry Genrty books and have loved each and every one of them.
Would love it if Ms Hamiliton would write some more about her.
Published 15 months ago by S Sugar
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Having read 2, 3 and 4 that someone lent me I just had to read this one too. It did not dissapoint
Published 15 months ago by Carole
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive as always
Having read all of the Anita Blake series, I thought it was time to sample some of Ms. Hamilton's other work. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Risley
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I would give this no stars if I could. She has ruined a good idea.
Certainly wouldn't buy any others of the series.
Published 18 months ago by mcdon
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