4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Anita Blake but still needs to be read in one sitting!,
This review is from: A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry Novels) (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.