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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (19 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,815 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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"Erotic, magical, violent, sensual and thrilling...extraordinary tales of a Faerie in hiding as a private investigator in LA...quite simply delicious...Highly recommended." (SARAH BROADHURST, The Bookseller)

"Oozing with sensuality...steamy sex scenes that are wonderfully touchy-feely." (Starburst magazine)

"Relentless high-paced trashiness...good fun." (SFX magazine)

"Seductive and terrifying...this series is proof not only of Laurell K. Hamilton's immense storytelling abilities, but also of her continued development of contemporary dark fantasy and horror." (Enigma magazine)

"Sizzling...memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun." (Publishers Weekly)

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The fifth darkly fantastic, deliciously dangerous outing into the sensual realm of Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times-bestselling series...

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mads Sejersen Vinther on 7 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
First of all I would like to say that I have loved the other books in the series with Merry Gentry. This one however dissappoints me quite a lot. The story in Mistral's Kiss carries on immediately from A Stroke of Midnight. Literally. But this time there is so much detailed sex in the book that it really detracts from the story. In the end whenever I came to a sexscene I would skim the next few pages until I was past it, because it just became so boring in the end. I thought that other reviewers that had written the same, were just old maids and conservative bigots, but I have to agree that the detailed sex scenes are just boring. I like and enjoy sex in a book, but it has to be a part of the story and not most of the story.

I didn't know how short this book was until it arrived. With Hamilton I always like a good heavy plot and this time it arrived in a small package. You might think when reading it that the first half of the book belonged in the real end of A Stroke of Midngiht with the last half being part of whatver major work comes next in the Merry Gentry series.

Bsides from that, what there is of a story is excellent but absolutely too short. 3 stars as I think Hamilton could have done a vastly better job.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2007
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Laurell K. Hamilton's books are distinguished by her unique style -- lots of sex, very little plot. Don't expect it to change.

And "Mistral's Kiss" continues the stagnant sexathon that her other books started, with the continuing erotic adventures of Merry Gentry (or as I like to call it, "Merry Does Faerie"). Though there is some plot in this one besides sex, nothing much really advances except a tacked-in plot twist.

In previous books, as we're told here, Merry Gentry has to have a baby before her cousin Cel, or she's dead. She does this via detailed group sex with her guards, and found that having sex with her guards (which she does ALL the time) reawakened their dormant magics. Now Faerie gardens are starting to bloom again. Yay for her.

In the meantime, Merry has more work for the Goddess and artifacts to deal with, as well as a new hunky guard on loan to her, Mistral. Queen Andais is not so happy with everything that is going on, but is powerless to stop it -- especially when Merry gets involved with Sholto of the Sluagh, and Sholto wakens the legendary Wild Hunt...

If you were to remove the hundred-plus pages of nonstop sex, then "Mistral's Kiss" would probably be a very bracing short story. Unfortunately, Hamilton packs the entire story with sex -- which would be just fine, if all other aspects of Hamilton's writing weren't halfhearted at best.

In fact, it feels like a few stray chapters of another book. Plot points are rehashed, threads are dropped as others are raised, and the finale is an anticlimactic sputter, although it promises that something important might happen in the next book... or the one after that. As it is, the plot is simply glacial -- Hamilton moves it forward a little, but not very much.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maria Sesse Nisted on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I still think Hamilton spends way to much time on sex and discussions about sex and feelings without getting anywhere. I wish she would go back to the style of the first books (both Merry and Anita).

This is an ok read though, but get it from your local library instead of buying it if you can. And then buy some Kim Harrison books instead, because they are everything the first Anita books were and more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mccafferty on 4 Jan. 2007
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I have followed this series and looked forward to the fourth instalment. Unfortunately, Hamilton has dispensed with plot (and when I say plot, I mean any forward action in the story line) and instead replaced it with bad porn--no, actually I imagine bad porn has a lot more believable entries into prostituting its protagonists. Will she ever come up with more of a reason for Merry to have sex with EVERYONE she meets other than to make the flaming grass grow? Can you at least give her the dignity of having her clothes? If she was dressed in this novel I must have blinked and missed it.

I think 'Mistral's Kiss' was blatantly written by an author writing for

reasons other than enjoyment. You come to your own conclusions as to what those reasons might be.

'Mistral's Kiss' was written for those grateful to find 'Romance' (by this I mean pornography) cunningly disguised in the less embarrassing covers of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, but I am disappointed to say any reader who enjoyed anything more than the sex (the sex now is completely unoriginal and more grotesque than erotic) will be let down.

This series used to be magical, intriguing and imaginative, with sex and violence peripheral attributes written with far more taste. It was even refreshing to read about a sexually free female character. However, the sex is now as degrading to women (no, humiliating!)as you might find in any teenage boys porn collection and although she is apparently in a position of 'power' Merry is the sexual toy of all the men she panders to; what kind of message is that sending about women? I was offended.

For me, the series ended with 'A Stroke of Midnight'.
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