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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st Paperback Edition edition (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553813838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553813838
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,071 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)

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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.

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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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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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My Nan bought me this book, believing it to be a story about happy, helpful little fairies flitting from flower to flower - oh, how wrong she was! On reading the blurb, I realised her mistake but thought I might as well read it even though it isn't the type of book I would usually go for. And to tell you the truth, it isn't that bad. Yes, the characters are a bit two-dimensional and the sex scenes slightly excessive and just plain baffling at times but, despite all that, i found myself unable to put this book down. In fact, I have even bought the other two books in the series and eagerly await the next installment. Why? I honestly couldn't tell you. The writing does occasionally suck ("my skin glowed like i'd swallowed the moon" is included countless times) but the imaginary world that Hamilton has created is vast and intriguing and somehow leaves you wanting more. So I guess I'm recommending this book...sort of...
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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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Format: Paperback
I have read and enjoyed all the Anita Blake books. But sadly these have been steadily degenerating as an increasing amount of sexual fantasy has overtaken at the expense of other qualities (eg plot, suspense, humour).This latest book is a perfect example of this trend. Here a new heroine finds herself the only woman who can have sex with a whole string of males of various species. These males naturally have all been forced to abstain from sex and therefore are absolutely gagging for it. Lucky girl? Yes, and I do enjoy a good dose of sex in my reading, but the detail on the world of fairies is poor, the plot is non-existant, the suspense is feeble, and the homour directly apes that of Anita Blake. I did not enjoy it. The author is capable of far better. She needs to restore the balance in the content of her writing.
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