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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry Novels) Hardcover – Oct 2000

4.1 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition First Printing edition (Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345423399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345423399
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.7 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
I was trying to hold out for the paperback, but since it was taking an age, I eventually succumbed to temptation and I wasn't disappointed (although waiting wouldn't have done me any harm!). In Merry Gentry, Hamilton has created a character similar enough to Anita Blake to satisfy existing fans but with enough of a difference to maintain your interest and not think that she's cashing in. It's hard to avoid the feeling that she was frustrated by Anita's hang ups about sex so decided to create a character that would get naked more frequently much earlier on, which is a shame. Although it makes perfect sense in terms of the storyline and world created, Hamilton does seem to be moving more towards light erotica because sex sells than concentrating more on where her strengths really lie - creating powerful, intriguing plots (having expected this to be another mystery in the same vein as Anita Blake, it was surprising to find the one case dealt with very quickly and the world of the fey taking centre stage) and independent, intelligent women who don't just scream and faint at the first time of trouble.
I'd be tempted to rate this slightly lower, but given that I was compelled to read this in one go to find out what happens (only to be frustrated by its open ending), it has to mean that, once again, Hamilton has come up trumps.
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