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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)
A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous, Fun-filled Visit with the Fey!, March 18, 2002
"A Kiss of Shadows" begins Laurell K. Hamilton's new series revolving around Meredith NicEssus, a faerie princess of the Unseelie Court. This book is a wonderful, sensuous read, full of rich and vivid characters in a thrilling storyline that will keep you turning pages all night long. This is a very promising beginning to what seems to be another highly addictive series by LKH.
Princess Meredith NicEssus has been hiding out in Los Angeles for three years under the name Meredith Gentry, working as a private detective specializing in the supernatural. Merry is hiding because her aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness, wants her dead (and being half-human, not full sidhe, Merry is mortal and easily killed).
When Merry takes a case involving faerie magic, she ends up the victim of a spell that destroys the careful disguise she creates using glamour, and the secret is out that Princess Meredith is in LA. It doesn't take long for her aunt's guards to come searching for her, and after some suspenseful and exciting scenes, Meredith is finally forced to return home. Luckily for Merry, however, she has finally come into her own power, inheriting the "hand of flesh" from her father, and making her a power to be reckoned with.
But a surprise awaits her when she arrives home. It seems that her aunt no longer wants her dead. In fact, due to some unknown falling out with her unbalanced and cruel son, Merry's cousin Cel, Queen Andais gives Merry a chance to inherit the throne. Whoever produces an heir first, Merry or Cel, will become the next ruler of the Unseelie Court, and Merry may have her pick of all the Queen's guards as lovers.
This sounds great in theory, but the truth of it is that someone wants Merry dead, and she isn't home an hour before the first attempt on her life occurs. Merry is nearly positive that it is her cousin Cel, trying to ensure that he inherits the throne, but the Queen always looks the other way for her only son, so Merry's life is left in extreme peril.
Hamilton does a fantastic job of portraying the Unseelie Court, and all the politics that go along with it. The Queen's guards are all fascinating characters, and I look forward to learning more about them in future books. Doyle, the Queen's darkness, and the most feared of all the guards is my favourite. His interactions with Merry are intriguing and skilfully rendered, and his commitment to her, to keep her safe, is quite touching. The other guards, such as Frost (The Killing Frost), Rhys (once a death god), Barinthus and Galen, are also utterly loyal to Merry, and are all interesting characters who add depth to the story.
Merry herself is a great character. She is small and tough, like Anita Blake from Hamilton's Vampire Hunter series, but that is where the similarities end. Merry is an innately sexual being, comfortable with her sexuality and not afraid to show it. These views on Merry's part, and the inherently sexual nature of the fey, make for a lot of erotica in this novel, which I really enjoyed. I found the sex scenes tasteful and highly sensual, not to mention essential to the telling of the story.
Once again Hamilton has created a new, magical world in which readers can immerse themselves. Merry's world of breathtakingly beautiful and grotesque faeries, multi-eyed goblins, brownies and ghosts is wonderfully imaginative and hugely fun to read about. I truly enjoyed this book and went into work completely bleary-eyed two days in a row, because I simply could not put this book down. Hamilton is a wonderful storyteller, and this new series already has me hooked. So don't miss out on the fun, buy this book today!


Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Entertaining!, March 13, 2002
"Circus of the Damned" by Laurell K. Hamilton is the third book in the Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series, and it is a fantastic read. The action never stops, and the reader is utterly absorbed into Anita's weird world of vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Though not for the faint of heart, this addictive series will have readers applauding Laurell K. Hamilton and craving much more of Anita Blake.
In "Circus of the Damned", Anita, tough-as-nails necromancer and vampire executioner is called in by the police to investigate a murder, seemingly perpetrated by vampires. After examining the body, Anita is sure that there is a rogue master vampire and at least four of his followers in the area, who are responsible for this murder. This means that there will be a new victim each night until these murderous vampires can be stopped.
In attempt to find out who these vampires are, Anita ends months of careful avoidance by asking to meet with Jean-Claude, the incredibly sexy Master Vampire of the City. Anita meets with Jean-Claude at one of his businesses, the Circus of the Damned, where she ends up having to fight off a perverted master vampire, an enraged human servant, and a giant cobra gone berserk. What a night! And what a lot of fun to read!
In this book Anita is still fighting against Jean-Claude's affections (silly, silly girl) and meets a new love interest, Richard Zeeman, a Junior High science teacher and werewolf.
In addition to everything else going on in her life, Anita must also train an eager and naive new animator named Larry Kirkland (and keep him alive), and deal with a bunch of right-wing fruitcakes from a violent new anti-vampire group. As you can see, Anita's adventures never stop, and Hamilton expertly ties all the threads together in a coherent and enjoyable way.
Anita's chilling encounters with the rogue vampires are full of heart-pounding suspense, and the thrilling final showdown will have every reader on the edge of his/her seat - guaranteed.
"Circus of the Damned" is tons of suspenseful fun, and is the ideal book for those days when you just need to get away from everything for a few hours. With a story that grabs you by the throat and won't let go and vivid and compelling characters at every turn, this book is irresistible. So don't miss out, buy this book today and enjoy!


The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Read!, March 11, 2002
"The Laughing Corpse" by Laurell K. Hamilton, the second novel in the addictive Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series, is a fun-filled thrill ride that will have readers craving more. Even better than the first of the series, this book grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. Full of page-turning suspense, this book is escapist reading at its very best!
When Anita Blake, tough-as-nails vampire executioner and necromancer, is offered a million dollars by Harold Gaynor to raise a 300-year-old zombie, she has no choice but to decline. A zombie that old can only be raised one way - with a human sacrifice. Mr. Gaynor is not at all pleased with her refusal, but Anita will not be bought or threatened.
Unfortunately, when incredibly violent and gruesome murders start occurring, apparently perpetrated by a flesh-eating zombie, Anita realizes that someone else has raised Gaynor's zombie.
Anita seeks the help of the country's most powerful voodoo priestess, Dominga Salvador, in hopes that she might know about the killer zombie. However, when Anita refuses an offer to work with Dominga, it puts her on the voodoo priestess' list of enemies.
Anita is left fighting off Gaynor's goons, a murderous zombie, and all the nasty preternatural monsters Dominga Salvador can send her way, which makes for some great reading!
On top of all her other troubles, Anita must deal with the advances of Jean-Claude, the new Master Vampire of the City. Although Jean-Claude is mind-numbingly sexy, Anita refuses to become involved with a vampire. But Jean-Claude doesn't give up that easy, and his witty and sometimes wicked exchanges with Anita are truly entertaining.
"The Laughing Corpse" is a suspenseful, non-stop action adventure set in Hamilton's weird and wild world of vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Readers will be absorbed into this wonderfully imaginative alternate reality and will enjoy every minute spent in the company of Anita and the gang. So pick this book up today, put the phone off the hook, and enjoy!


Reunion in Death
Reunion in Death
by J.D. Robb
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, March 8, 2002
"Reunion in Death" is J.D. Robb's 14th instalment in her "In Death" series, and it is great! Filled with biting wit, heart-pounding suspense, and passionate romance, this book is sure to please.
Walter Pettibone's surprise birthday didn't turn out as planned. At exactly 8:45pm, a server named Julie Dockport handed Walter a glass of champagne filled with cyanide. The grieving family has no idea who this woman is, but Eve Dallas, hard-boiled Lieutenant in the NYPSD, does. Ten years ago, Eve was on the team that brought Julie down for poisoning three husbands. Released from jail for good behaviour, Julie is out for the ultimate rematch with Eve; planning to destroy all the lives she can before her grand finale, taking Roarke's life.
But Eve is as feisty and as determined as ever, and she will do anything and everything to bring this woman down and protect what's hers. As the two women hunt each other, suspenseful and thrilling scenes abound, but it's the final confrontation that takes the cake - it is wild!
Eve and (her husband) Roarke's relationship is still as touching and passionate as ever. The depth of the feelings they share often overwhelms both of them, and Robb does a brilliant job of portraying their dynamics as a couple.
In this instalment, Eve must finally face her past, providing some emotionally charged and heart-rending scenes that readers won't soon forget.
All of the secondary characters are back and as great as ever, like Eve's aide Peabody with her smart remarks, and Captain Feeney of EDD with his rumpled suits. There is quite a bit of focus on Peabody's life in this book, and her parents come for a visit, providing some extremely humorous moments.
"Reunion in Death" starts out a little slower than others of the series, but it doesn't take long to get absorbed in the story. I think Robb did a fantastic job on this book - I found myself laughing out loud at the witty repartee between characters, I cried watching Eve face the nightmare of her past, and I caught myself biting my nails during the action. What more could you want from a book?
After 14 novels in a series, you might think an author would lose her edge, but J.D. Robb proves that does not have to be true. I was sucked into the year 2059 and the world of Eve and Roarke, and was enthralled right to the end. The immensely talented Robb has once again created a brilliant mix of mystery, romance, science-fiction, and police procedural sure to be enjoyed by all. So don't miss out, buy this book today and ENJOY!


Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!, March 6, 2002
"Guilty Pleasures" is the first book in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series, and it starts the series off with a bang. Full of nasty preternatural critters and compelling characters, Anita's world is a wild and wonderful place!
The book starts as Anita, tough-as-nails animator and vampire executioner, attends a bachelorette party for a good friend, only to find out it was a set-up for her to meet the Master of the City, Nikolaos, a terrifyingly powerful thousand-year-old vampire. There have been numerous vicious vampire murders in the city of St. Louis of late, and Nikolaos wants Anita to find whoever or whatever is responsible. Anita usually doesn't work for vampires, but Nikolaos doesn't ask nicely, so Anita has no choice but to take on the case.
Jean-Claude, the third most powerful master vampire in the city, takes an interest in Anita, and she can't help but be attracted to him too, despite what he is. Jean-Claude is expertly portrayed by Hamilton - he's smooth-talking, a little wicked, and oh so sexy!
As Anita works desperately to solve the murders, with Nikolaos becoming more and more threatening, she begins to realize that her only way out of this whole mess is to kill Nikolaos. Anita seeks the assistance of her "friend" Edward, a cold-blooded assassin, and together they concoct a plan to destroy Nikolaos.
The suspense builds to a thrilling climax that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
One complaint I have is that I would have liked "Guilty Pleasures" to have been longer, as it ended up being a very fast read (only 266 pages). Despite that, it is an action-packed, fun-filled and thrilling read that will leave readers craving much more of Anita Blake. Hamilton has created a fascinating world of vampires, werewolves, wererats, zombies, and ghouls (among many other things) that will captivate readers and [draw] them straight into the story. With her mix of intriguing characters and three-dimensional monsters, Hamilton has come up with a winning formula. I guarantee you'll have a fantastic time while you're in Anita's world, so don't miss out on the fun.


Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10)
Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Entertaining., March 5, 2002
"Narcissus in Chains" by Laurell K. Hamilton elicited some mixed responses from me, but for the most part, I thought it was great. I was captivated by the story, and barely put the book down until I was finished. After reading an excerpt of this book in "Out of this World", I thought I would not buy it, but when I found it at a used bookstore, I decided to give it a try, and I have not regretted it!
The story begins when Anita Blake, hard-boiled necromancer and vampire executioner (among other things), is called in to save two of her were-leopards from an S & M club where they are being held captive. She seeks the help of her sometimes boyfriend, Master Vampire Jean-Claude, who she has not seen in 6 months. Upon meeting her at the club, 'Narcissus in Chains', Jean-Claude insists that they must marry the marks that bind them together, so that Anita will have a chance of surviving this fight. Richard, Anita's other sometimes boyfriend and werewolf king, arrives also, and three of them partake in a highly sensual and magical moment as they solidify the connection between them.
While trying to save her were-leopards, Anita is seriously injured, and quite possibly infected with leopard lycanthropy. When she regains consciousness, Anita finds that there is a new man in her life, when the Nimir-Raj of another were-leopard pack, Micah, comes to her aid.
From this point on, things get violent and complicated for Anita, and Hamilton takes her readers on a wild and wonderful adventure alongside Anita. There are a lot of new characters introduced and there were a couple of times where I had to stop reading and wrack my brain as to who this person was and why he had suddenly appeared again, which I found a little annoying. Besides that, however, I liked many of the new additions, especially Micah and his pard.
Due to the marrying of the marks, Anita inherited lots of powers from Jean-Claude and Richard, but she was also given a curse - Jean-Claude's ardeur (his need to feed off lust). Because of this, there is a lot of sex in this book, but I personally was not bothered by it. I didn't feel that the plot was merely there as a vehicle for the sex scenes. I thought the sex scenes were an integral part of the book, showing Anita's long overdue acceptance of what she really is. Yes, the scenes were quite explicit, but I personally found them wonderfully sensual and erotic.
One complaint I have is that the Epilogue covered some issues in one or two lines that could have made up several enjoyable chapters, and several comments posed more questions than they answered. None-the-less, when the book came to a close, I was sated and happy with my purchase.
So, did I like "Narcissus in Chains"? Yes. Is it perfect? No, but what book is?
The reason I read is because I love to be swept away into a different world for a few hours and not worry about anything else. This book did exactly that. I was absorbed into Anita's weird and wild world and simply enjoyed being there. If you go into "Narcissus in Chains" planning to look for all its flaws, you probably won't like it, but if you just suspend your disbelief and read it for pure enjoyment, just to get away for a few hours, you will love it like I did.


Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Frighteningly Good Read!, March 4, 2002
"Obsidian Butterfly" by Laurell K. Hamilton is an enthralling addition to the Anita Blake series. It is filled with expertly rendered horror and action sequences that will have readers nervously looking over their shoulders for days!
In this 9th instalment of the series, Edward the cold-blooded assassin calls in the favour Anita owes him for killing one of his back-ups some time ago. Edward, alias Ted Forrester, needs Anita, tough-as-nails necromancer and vampire executioner, to come act as his back-up in a case that has him seriously spooked (and Edward being spooked is absolutely unheard-of!). So, Anita packs her bags and travels to New Mexico.
Anita is horrified when she sees the gruesome and gory murder victims and the even more horrific "survivors". Everyone is at a loss as to what would be capable of committing these atrocities. In hope of gaining some insight into the case, Anita seeks the help of the local Master Vampire Itzpapalotl (English translation: Obsidian Butterfly), a self-proclaimed Aztec goddess. From that point on, Anita runs into all kinds of nasty people and preternatural creatures, and readers are treated to some fantastic (and violent) action-adventure sequences. Anita is determined to stop whatever is committing these heinous crimes, and as she tries to do just that, she has to fight her way through many perilous situations. The non-stop conflict builds to a wonderfully simple but thrilling climax that is sure to satisfy readers.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fascinating departure on Hamilton's part, though it is certainly not appropriate for the faint of heart. "Obsidian Butterfly" provides a refreshingly different storyline and a very interesting up-close look at the inner workings of Edward. Edward is a highly intriguing character, and his contrasts and mysteries, along with the exciting storyline make the nearly 600 pages of this book fly by. I couldn't help but miss Jean-Claude a little, but the strengths in this story more than made up for his absence. Anita continues to grow and evolve as a person, and I think she is a fabulous character. "Obsidian Butterfly" is truly wonderful entertainment, so don't miss out. It is suitable for first time readers of the series as well as long-time fans, and is sure to be enjoyed by all!


Infinity (Immortal Witches)
Infinity (Immortal Witches)
by Maggie Shayne
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Original Mix of Romance and Suspense!, February 27, 2002
"Infinity" by Maggie Shayne is a hauntingly romantic tale of danger, adventure and a love that endures through eternity. Shayne has created a captivating mix of romance and suspense that is guaranteed to keep readers glued to the pages. With its fresh and original storyline and endearing characters, "Infinity" will stay in the minds and hearts of readers long after the book is done.
Arianna, independent, stubborn and often reckless, is an Immortal High Witch. She knows exactly what she wants, and his name is Nicodimus. However, Nicodimus, also an Immortal High Witch, has suffered too much pain and loss in his seven hundred and fifty years of life, and has vowed never to love again. But when he must marry Arianna to keep her safe from accusations of witchcraft, this wilful beauty begins to break down the barriers around his heart. But not until Arianna is kidnapped and taken from him does Nicodimus finally realize that he truly does love her and cannot live without her.
Arianna has been kidnapped by Nicodimus' life-long enemy, Marten, a Dark Immortal High Witch, who survives by taking the hearts of Light Witches such as Arianna and Nic. But when Nicodimus comes to rescue Arianna, he walks in on a trap, and dies believing that Arianna has committed the ultimate betrayal.
For five hundred years, Arianna walks the earth longing for her lost love, until she finally finds and kills the Dark Witch who stole Nicodimus' heart, and discovers a way to bring Nic back. And though Arianna is successful in returning Nicodimus to life, her actions also summon the powerful evil that tore them apart all those centuries ago - Nicodimus' mortal enemy - who threatens all that they hold dear.
Now, Arianna and Nicodimus must confront the past, for only then can they reawaken the love that was always in their hearts, and triumph over the evil that threatens to destroy them once and for all!
This is a great book. I was immensely entertained from cover to cover, as Maggie Shayne absorbed me in her wonderful world of magic and true love. Nicodimus and Arianna are fantastic, vivid, and lovable characters, with realistic flaws and strengths. I highly recommend this book, so buy it today. You won't regret it, I promise!


Earl'S Secret
Earl'S Secret
by Kathryn Jensen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick and Enjoyable Read., February 26, 2002
"The Earl's Secret" by Kathryn Jensen is an entertaining romance. It is a relatively light read, but it is lots of fun and is great for a couple of hours of relaxation.
When Jennifer Murphy takes a wrong turn while traveling as a tour guide in Scotland, she ends up at the private castle of sexy playboy Christopher Smythe. Christopher is originally annoyed at the intrusion of his privacy, but it doesn't take long for him to know that he wants to see a whole lot more of this pretty American woman.
Christopher, also known as the Earl of Winchester, is hiding a painful secret that tortures his soul and sends him into deep depressions. Jennifer's presence brings a ray of light into Christopher's life, and as he accompanies her and her tour group, he realizes that he doesn't want their relationship to end. But still he forces Jennifer to give up on their romance and return to the States, thinking it's best for both of them.
During the months following Jennifer's departure, Chris is haunted by memories of the brief and wonderful time he spent with her. He follows her halfway around the world and begs her to return with him. Jennifer is reluctant at first but Christopher won't take no for an answer, and they return together to Scotland. They continue their romance and are blissfully happy, until a selfless act of Jennifer's, misunderstood by Christopher, creates a rift between them that tears them apart. Will true love triumph, or will the hurt that Christopher's impulsiveness has caused keep them apart forever?
I guess you'll have to read the book to find out.
This isn't deep and thought-provoking reading, but it is highly entertaining and very enjoyable. "The Earl's Secret" is great for summer beaches or cold winter nights by the fire, when all you really want is some good, clean fun! Enjoy.


Eternity (Immortal Witches)
Eternity (Immortal Witches)
by Maggie Shayne
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Beautiful Romance!, February 26, 2002
"Eternity" by Maggie Shayne is a truly wonderful read. The love story is poignant and heart-rending, and is mixed with danger and suspense. Even those who are not usually inclined to like stories about witches will enjoy this book, as Shayne depicts the characters in a believable and realistic manner. This book combines romance with "magick" perfectly, creating a delightful tale of fantasy and true love!
Raven St. James is an Immortal High Witch, living in times where being a witch is incredibly dangerous. Raven learns this lesson all too well, when she and her treasured mother are hung for the crime of witchcraft. One man, Duncan Wallace, tries to stop the execution, and an unbreakable bond between Raven and Duncan is formed in those few minutes of horror. When Raven revives beside her dead mother, she is overcome by grief, but follows her mother's instructions and travels to the New World to start a new life.
However, danger awaits her at every turn, because there are Immortal Dark Witches as well, who survive by taking the hearts from Light Witches such as Raven. Indeed, Raven's heart is a powerful one, and there is one evil Dark one who desires her heart above all else.
Raven arrives in the township of Sanctuary, where she begins a life with her Aunt Eleanor. But she is never able to forget the brave and noble man who tried to save her that day on the gallows. It isn't long before suspicions arise about Raven again, and she realizes she may once again be forced from her home. But everything changes one day when a new minister arrives, whose name is none other than Duncan Wallace.
Raven and Duncan's friendship blooms into a beautiful romance, full of exquisite tenderness and a love so deep it negates all else. But when the town's mistrust reaches a boiling point, Raven's happiness is destroyed as Duncan dies trying to save her.
All Raven has left in the world is her dear friend Arianna, another Immortal High Witch, who forces Raven to carry on, promising her that Duncan will return to her one day in another life. And after three centuries of loneliness and longing, Raven finally finds her beloved Duncan. And though Duncan's mind does not remember Raven at first, she knows that his heart could never forget the love they shared.
But before they can find happiness and love in each other's arms, Raven must defeat her lifelong enemy, who once again has tracked her down and is out for her heart. The suspense builds effectively to a thrilling climax, and the ultimate battle between good and evil.
"Eternity" is a book that will touch your heart. Personally, I found it hard to read at times because of the cruelty that was directed towards Raven when she was suspected of witchcraft. However, this only served to make me turn the pages even faster, until I found a resolution for Raven. I have no doubt that readers will come to care for Raven as much as I did. Indeed, with characters that make readers love them and a storyline that will keep readers enthralled, "Eternity" is a book that won't soon be forgotten. This book was a highly enjoyable read, and left me reaching straight for its sequel, "Infinity". I guarantee this book will entertain and satisfy - so don't miss out!


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