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A Kiss of Shadows

de Laurell K. Hamilton

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Sèrie: Meredith Gentry (1)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Meet Merry Gentry, paranormal P.I., and enter a thrilling, sensual world as dangerous as it is beautiful, full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, and ruled by the all-consuming passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods . . . or demons.
 
Merry Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queens assassin has been dispatched to fetch herwhether she likes it or not. Suddenly Merry finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunts plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crownand the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Laurell K. Hamiltons A Shiver of Light.

Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and A Kiss of Shadows

 
One of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.Charlaine Harris
 
Sexy . . . Merrys adventures are engaging and keep the reader turning the pages.St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
Stunning . . . steamy . . . an exciting and original world.San Jose Mercury News
 
Ive never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.Diana Gabaldon.
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Merry Gentry, detective for the Grey Detective Agency and sidhe princess in hiding from the Unseelie Court for the last 3 years. Well.. until an undercover mission goes wrong and she ends up being revealed as the lost princess.
Forces gather, many trying to kill Merry but some unlikely allies are helping her stay alive to reach the Court and the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her aunt has a purpose for the seemingly weak princess...

My take on the book:

I loved the world the author created, so alive. I can’t actually believe its 468 pages long, I couldn’t put it down and pretty much finished it in one go.

While the story only contains happenings of a few days, the pacing is excellent and while we have a lot going on, it doesn’t feel rushed and you have plenty of time in between to catch your breath without it getting boring (and before you're off again).

Character development is good. While of course the emphasis is on Merry, the author sheds a light on all characters, even those we only see fleetingly. It makes for a very immersive read, being able to connect to the characters and have a bit of insight in who they are and why they behave as they do. Doyle’s inner conflict for example or Galen’s naiveté.

The book in itself was very well written and I found no errors.
This series does contain sex, although I must say that this book is still pretty normal contrary to the following books.

While this was a reread for me I thoroughly enjoyed it once again and will absolutely read the rest of the series when ermm.. I have some time? ( )
  Nemerith | Oct 30, 2023 |
This is the lowest 2-star rating I have given so far.
Blatant reverse harem wish-fulfilment.
The world itself isn't bad and I somewhat liked the cruel and ruthless court intrigue setting so 1 star wouldn't be fair but sadly 95% of this book consists of sexual tension building and outright sex.
I tried for a while to take the reverse harem as a new and interesting take on open fae sexuality especially as almost everything else in the genre is littered with love-triangles (or other geometry) and strict monogamy and this probably could've worked but it didn't. It just felt cheap.
I was almost able to connect to the mc again and again but it never quite worked out.
Maybe I just tried too hard to make this simple sex fantasy with a bit of story padding into something it just isn't. ( )
  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
I am visiting another old friend and enjoying the visit immensely. I think this might be the fourth or fifth reread since it was published. I like to leave enough time in between reads so that the details somewhat fade.
What I love is the incredibly descriptive writing of Laurell K. Hamilton. Her characters easily take shape in my mind in vivid detail and they are definitely multi-layered with depth.
The world-building is consistent and strong. The plots are not complex or overly twisted. They are interesting with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. While some have complained that they are just soft porn without depth, I would argue that they are being literary snobs and have never read any true porn - I could recommend some if they would like.
For pure luxury of your reading senses - this is the book for you. ( )
  DragonJude | Oct 11, 2023 |
Synopsis: Princess Meredith NicEssus is working for the Grey Detective Agency under the assumed name of Meredith 'Merry' Gentry. When two women come to the agency with a story about fey-wannabes and rituals involving fey women, Merry goes undercover to investigate. However, she and her colleagues get more than they bargained for when it is discovered that the culprit is using Branwyn's Tears, an illegal oil that can make a human appear as a sidhe (pronounced 'shee') lover for a night, and turn even a sidhe or a sidhe-descendant into his sexual slave.
In the process of solving the case, Merry's secret is revealed, and she is hunted by the demonic Sluagh. Brought to see their King, Sholto, he offers Meredith a deal. Himself disapproved of by Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, because of his mixed blood, he proposes an alliance between the two of them. Jealous at the idea of Merry becoming his lover, Sholto's harem of nighthags attack Merry. During the fight Merry's gift, the Hand of Flesh, is revealed when one of them, Nerys, turns into a ball of flesh.
Shocked, Merry tries to flee, but is trapped. Doyle, Captain of the Queen's Raven Guard, appears. He announces that the Queen never sent the Sluagh, and that in fact the Queen meant her no harm. As proof of this he produces the Queen's sword Mortal Dread, as well as the Queen's mark, which he transfers to Merry in a kiss.
Merry returns with Doyle to the Court. The Queen claims that she wants her bloodline to continue upon the throne. She is willing to take as her heir whichever of Meredith or her cousin, Cel, can first produce an heir. She lifts the geiss of celibacy upon her Ravens for Meredith alone, insisting that she choose at least three in order to increase the chance of pregnancy.
While this offer would permit Merry to end her self-imposed exile and return home, it also brings dangers. Cel, previously the sole heir, makes several attempts upon her life. Merry makes alliances with others such as Kurag, the Goblin King.
However, Cel was behind the Branwyn's Tears incident in LA. In punishment, he is to be confined for six months after being coated with the oil himself, something akin to torture.
Review: Really good first book. I was a bit confused about who some of the characters were and their relationships. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 28, 2022 |
his book Meh. Interesting premise, but this book seemed more like an introduction to the story. No real action in it, just a lot of exposition and the setup for lots of future sex in the next books in the series.

Other reviews I've read said this was the best book in the series. If that's true, then the rest of the series isn't for me. Hamilton seems to be into blood play. It makes sense in her vampire books about Anita Blake, but the fey?

I won't be reading more in this series. It just didn't grab me enough to want to find out more about the characters. ( )
  jezebellydancer | Oct 19, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Meet Merry Gentry, paranormal P.I., and enter a thrilling, sensual world as dangerous as it is beautiful, full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, and ruled by the all-consuming passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods . . . or demons.
 
Merry Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queens assassin has been dispatched to fetch herwhether she likes it or not. Suddenly Merry finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunts plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crownand the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Laurell K. Hamiltons A Shiver of Light.

Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and A Kiss of Shadows

 
One of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.Charlaine Harris
 
Sexy . . . Merrys adventures are engaging and keep the reader turning the pages.St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
Stunning . . . steamy . . . an exciting and original world.San Jose Mercury News
 
Ive never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.Diana Gabaldon.

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