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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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Despite the selkies, brownies, goblins, and ogres in this book, it's not for children. The fey are "creatures of the senses"--and in the Unseelie court, sex and pain go together. Merry is sexually adventurous and surrounded by gorgeous, powerful males, most of whom want her badly. She's politically savvy and no coward, though she's not the warrior Anita is. Hamilton fans and readers of adult fairy tales like Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy will want to give Merry a look. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Meredith Gentry is compassionate and warm, clever and vulnerable. This is a quest story, with the narrator seeking to survive politics and find her life path.
The reviews here at Amazon are informative, in that they seem to be by readers who are angry. Either angry that LKH verged into a new series instead of writing Anita Blake books more-better-faster. Or the readers are dismayed at LKH's frankness and Meredith's pleasure in sexuality.
Of course, we don't see reviews at Amazon (or too many other places, since Amie is not a message board) complaining that the violence and action sequences, the crime scenes and the magic, and the blood in the Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter are grotesque and perverse and that reader is never buying another book from the author.
As LKH has said several times in print: "There isn't that much sex in this book."
She is correct. But unsophisticated readers will only notice the erotic elements. (And these are really, really, good.) They might miss the fascinating magic that occurs (entirely different from the Anitaverse), the strong family and loyalty bonds that fill Merry's life, the wit, the Celtic lore that has played out with the Fey living in the USA, the sense of the team at the Grey Detective Agency in LA, the range of diverse characters (not all male) at the Unseelie Court and throughout the novel, plus the Queen of Air and Darkness who is terrifying.
This is an adult book. I mean, it is for anyone who brings their mature, inquiring mind to a novel of speculative fiction.Read more ›
(Apologies in advance if I keep comparing the 2 series here. I figure most people found this book from the Anita Blake series but certainly not all.)
Merry Gentry (nee NicEssus) is part fey but has been hiding her true identity for 3 years among the humans. She's really a royal princess from a seriously dysfunctional fairy family. Her Aunt is the head of the Unseelie court and wanted Merry dead. For the past 3 years, her family and the tabliod press have been seeking her out. She's been hiding with the aid of glamour spells and making a living at a supernatural detective agency not entirely unlike Anita's Animators Inc.
The story begins much like an Anita story. Some clients come for help, Merry reluctantly assists with the prodding of her boss. A big bad appears, there's a fight, then there's some sex. Then however the story takes an unexpected turn which I won't spoil for you.
As a character, Merry is distinct from Anita Blake and that's a good thing. She's neither as tough nor as sociopathic. She can, however, hold her own as she discovers she's more powerful that she ever suspected. Much like Anita, all men want Meredith but since she's part supernatural being and an heir to the throne this facet of the story doesn't come across as obnoxiously as it does in the Anitaverse. Hamilton also finds a rather clever way to explain why all this lust is essential to the story-again no spoilers. Also, even though Merry is less human than Anita I found her far more accessible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laurell K. Hamilton had been on my TBR list forever, and when I say forever, I mean years. I had originally thought about reading the Anita Blake series, but it never quite... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Boundless Book Reviews
I did not like this book at all. I enjoy a good fantasy novel and am always keen to find a book which makes it enjoyable to suspend my disbelief but this was not one of those... Read morePublished 17 days ago by KatherineM
I own a hard back of this book and the next 2, and I cannot ever get enough :) so buying this so I don't continuously wear the actual book out. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
Loved the Anita Blake novels, and I'm so glad it doesn't end there, a Kiss of Shadows is the beginning of another great series. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This will keep you engaged in a fantasy you will be glad you don't actually live, who knew the fey were so sexy or violent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by marian a scott
Love this book have read the series 4-5 times already and starting again can't wait for the next one job well donePublished 1 month ago by jay925
I have NEVER been disappointed by a Laurell K. Hamilton book. This one was no exception. It immediately set me on quest to find the rest of the series. And they just get better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry Bishop