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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1)
A Kiss of Shadows - Meredith Gentry, Bk 1
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9780553813838
ISBN-10: 0553813838
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 470
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
Part of the Merry Gentry Series
1. Kiss of Shadows
2. Caress of Twilight
3. Seduced by Moonlight
4. Stroke of Midnight
5. Mistral's Kiss
6. A Lick of Frost (summer 2007)
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Helpful Score: 10
This was the first book I've read by Laurell K. Hamilton. After hearing so many good things about her books, I was terribly disapointed and will never read another one. It's all stupid blather. Her writing takes all the magic and excitement out of the paranormal and turns it into a flat boring world. I know I'm in the minority but I had to force myself to finish this book. There are too many good authors out there for me to read anymore of this series or any others.
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Helpful Score: 9
I love LKH and this book doesn't disappoint. I wasn't sure if I would like this series as much as Anita Blake, but I was wrong. Merry Gentry is just as interesting and entertaining and I can't wait to get to the rest of the books in this series.
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Helpful Score: 6
I absolutely LOVE Laurell K Hamilton's books. This is a great read for someone just discovering her books. She has a certain style and flair in all the books she writes.
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Helpful Score: 6
First book of a series. Different take on paranormal with Fairies, trolls and fey magic.
Meredith being second in line to take over the throne left the court to live on her own. Which meant she had to hide so her Aunt Queen Andais couldn't find her and have her brought back to court. For three years she was able to hide nad make a living as a Private Investigator who specialized in supernatural crimes... Til Doyle, the Queen's Chief bodyguard showed up to bring her back to her aunt...
She returns to find that her Aunt Queen Andais wants to get new blood in to the court so it's up to Meredith and the Queens son Cel to produce a child the first to do so will be the one to take the throne.....
The book is a little slow in the first chapter but picks up and moves along with the rest of the book.... As far as erotic sex scenes nothing till the later part of the book and honestly it's mild compared to some other erotic paranormal books I've read. I honestly if asked to rate the book I would give it an R rating I've seen worse in R rated movies....
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Helpful Score: 3
Very erotic and entertaining. My husband enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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Helpful Score: 3
It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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Helpful Score: 3
I came to this series after losing interest in Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series. In the "Meridith Gentry" series Hamilton keeps a good balance between plot (which is sometimes lacking in the latter books of the Blake series) and steamy supernatural sex. A must read!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first in the Meredith Gentry series. Be aware that this book is very erotic.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book, execellent series!!! As always with Hamilton's books I enjoy the story and characters, this one is no exception. If you like light erotica you'll love this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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Helpful Score: 2
It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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Helpful Score: 1
It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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Helpful Score: 1
I can't decided if I like the way Hamilton just throws the reader into the story without explaining specific terms she uses for the magic element. I like the story and the characters are great.. but I think a little more explanation would have been nice. Regardless, I can't wait to begin the second book in this series!
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Meet Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie. She poses as a human and has to deal with the queen's assisin. She has a job awaiting her that involves gorgeous men.......not bad to be her. A great book. Love Ms. Hamilton.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the faerie sort of life. I first began with Laurell K Hamitlon's other books featuring Anita Blake(another reccommended read). She has a fantastic way of bringing the story to life, wraping it around you, drawing you into the lives of these charachters. A faerie spell perhaps?
As soon as I finished this first book, I ran out to the store as soon as I could(unfortunately no 24 hour bookstores around) and purchased the next two in the series. I'm completely hooked.
This first book brings you into the life of Merideth Gentry, a princess of the High Court of Faerie, the Unseelie court- who can find pleasure in the darker side of nature. She is in hiding in Los Angeles, after too many attempts on her life at Court.
Just a brilliant story introducing her to us, and to the world of the Fae. Political overtones, Merideth's coming of age(so to speak) and power.
I fell in love from the beginning.
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of my favorite authors - she's got an incredible imagination. She's the first author that has made me enjoy reading this type of book ... faeries and such were never my cup of tea before.
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This is the first book by Ms. Hamilton that I have read. I liked this book's elaborate world with the fey living openly in America and subject to the tabloids. I also liked that she had 2 royal courts of sidhe and so many kinds of fey, goblins, brownies, etc. The intricate politics were also interesting.

But, and this is a big one, everything came down to sex. The book would be at least a third shorter, if the sex scenes were left out. And the whole plot seems to be geared to forcing our heroine into having sex with a large assortment of beautiful sidhe.

I am so tired of sex scenes. They dont turn me on; they bore me. Im not shocked. I dont disapprove or think they are wicked. If that is what someone wants to read, fine. But why does EVERY book in romance / fantasy/ sf, that is targeted to women, have to have long explicit sex scenes? I do wish some books would go back to: they kiss passionately, the world spins, cut to next morning. Leaving more to my imagination is actually sexier to me.
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A book of pure lust.......... Good characters- would like to see what she can do with this series
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Wow, what a starting point for a new series! Great story, great characters and sexy as hell! I love the Anita Blake series and this one lived up to my expectations for LKH.
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Amazing. First book I read of this author and she got me hooked. This book is a keeper.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not as engaging as the Anita Blake series by this author, but I enjoyed it. First in the series, and leaves many unanswered questions. A stand-alone book, but very obviously intended as the lead-in for the series, as it simply lays the foundation for the next book.
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This was a really fun, sexy read with fantasy elements. I look forward to reading the sequel.
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awesome book the first in the series. this is the fourth time I have read this book enjoy and discover new info every time
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Helpful Score: 1
Was immediately hooked.
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loved this book. I've been a big fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's for a while. Although this book had a little taste of Anita Blake in it the later series are all their own pretty much. Loved it and the later ones as well. Hamilton is a very good writer. She rocks!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Reading this books was a challenge...the in depth detail, the establishment of the fey world, the detailed descriptions of the different types of fey, the politics, the character development...literally, everything that could be written in detailed descriptions was. Then...there were the unpronounceable names. Ugh!

There was a bit of action/mystery/intrigue to get the book going. Later, there were murder attempts. The heroine survived to fight another day.

I'm glad I finished the first, but it the second is so a labor to read...I'll not continue with the series.
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Wow! What a great story! This is such an intriguing world LKH has introduced me to and I can barely wait for the next in the series!
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Since I'm wild about the Anita Blake series, I expected to love this one too. Unfortunately, A Kiss of Shadows fell flat, and Meredith seems too much like a simple variation of Anita. One of LKH's appeals is her ability to create wonderful male characters that you fall in love with, and this doesn't happen here. After reading this, I decided to stick with Anita Blake.
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The first in the Merry Gentry series. A red-haired, "later book" Anita set among the Sidhe. Merry is literally a fairy princess in hiding from the Court. She has been found, and must now navigate a safe path between what she wants and what the Court demands.
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enjoyed the story
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This one wasn't even as good as the first few books from the Anita Blake series. The first book was a bit mis-leading. You think that it's a mystery (similar to Anita Blake) but it turns into porn pretty fast. Some people like reading about sex, but I'm not one of them. To each their own.
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Vivid. Good easy read. Not traditional romance. Definitely intrigued enough to get the next in line.
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wait wait wait...she wants her to sleep with her cousin?....blah.grose.ick....was going to read but now I'm not.Cousin lovin' icky.*Shudders*
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This was my first LKH book. It was 2003, and because of the movies, I had just read the Lord of the Rings(LOTR). As usual, after a LOTR reading, I long for more of Middle Earth. It was just chance that I ran across this book in the library, and thought "Wow, I'd like to read about elves. I love mysteries too." I hadn't yet heard the term "paranormal or urban fantasy".

Well, it wasn't like Middle Earth, and it's not much of a mystery either...
At first, I was thinking, "What? The mystery is solved within the first 40 pages, and now it's become soft core porn." But then I realized I was enjoying myself, and i was turning pages just to see which gorgeous man she'd sleep with next.

I'm not a romance reader, and that is so not my thing. So, I give LKH credit for building that kind of suspense for me. I'd never seen anything like her elves, or female characters with male harems.

Normally, I just skip over sex scenes. But, magic occurs during LKH's sex scenes, and people glow like light bulbs. That was so unusual. It kept me reading, at least for the first 20 sex scenes (had to read 3 books to get up to 20). Now, i just skim the sex scenes in case interesting magic occurs.

In LKH's books, good sex will solve a lot of problems. I know that this annoys some readers, but it appeals to the optimist in me.

I don't know what to make of LKH. I have never been both so bored and so engaged, all within the same book. The sex and relationship-discussions never end.

However, some aspects of her characters are so incredibly real, especially how she dealt with inter-personal power during her early books. It felt so good to read a realistic account of women who didn't make nice, and who demanded to call the shots.
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My favorite paranormal romance novel writer. But, I like her Anita Blake series best.
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I was a big Anita Blake fan......now I am hooked on Princess Meredith.
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Abridged. Running time approx. 6 hours. Read by Laural Merlington.

I didn't listen to it, but my husband did. He thought it was tripe, but I know these books are quite popular in spite of him.
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It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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its a great book the hole series is great
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Book 1 in a paranormal series about a Faery Princess in today's modern world. Some scenes are hot, but I wouldn't consider this erotica.

Main Character: Meredith Gentry: Princess of the Unseelie Court of the Fey (who live in modern day America for the most part). I liked her. She was strong, smart, capable, practical, romantic but with a realistic, almost jaded edge. She has sex with nearly every man in this book (she is, after all, related to 3 fertility gods :-) which was kind of strange, but in the context of the story, this worked okay for me.

Best about this book: Intriguing storyline, hot sex (without quite crossing into erotica), interesting mythology and alternate history, likable, interesting characters.

Worst about this book: Some parts were a bit dry and long. The narrator's attempts to do male voices was almost dreadful. But her female voices were good!

Summary: I listened to this in unabridged mp3 format. I wasn't sure what I would think of a story like this one (with quite a bit of sex) in audiobook, but I liked it. I thought the reader did a good job with nearly all of it (really the female reader doing the male voices was badly done, I think, but the rest was good). I will continue with this series. Definitely worth a couple of credits.
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The storyline really hooked me and I immediately wanted more .
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It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.
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I love Hamiltion's Anita Blake series but I'm just not sure I like Meredith Gentry. If you like lots of rough sex scenes then you may like this series. I just wish it had more plot action with less emphasis on the sex...
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It was a good story, too much erotica for my tastes though. I thought it was going to be a mystery, and I suppose it was but the mystery was a very, very minor subplot.
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Good book. Good story line, but almost too trashy.
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Loved it.
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This is where it all begins. If you read this book and don't immediately go out and get the second in the series, you're not human! A mix of horror, seduction, romance and fantasy. I could not put it down. Thus began my love affair with Laurell K Hamilton books. A must read.
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I found this world very strange, but I can't seem to stop reading the series. I recommend it if you are getting bored of the typical fantasy romance novel.
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Very sexy. Took a few pages to get used to her style of writing, but once there it was a very fast read.
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I always wanted to read the Anita Blake Books, but My local library only carried the Merry Gentry books.

I love the dark, lyrical way she writes. This series is better than the Anita Blake Vampire Killer series.

Some may call it explicit or graphic romance. I call it wildly imaginative and entertaining!
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This character is a duplicate of the Anita Blake character. However, I really liked the first Anita Blake books. So, I don't really mind. I was very interested. Good stuff
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sexy, way out settings, other world but easy read
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MEREDITH GENTRY, PRINCESS OF THE HIGH COURT OF FAERIE, IS POSING AS A HUMAN IN LA, WORKING AS A P.I. SPECIALIZING IN SUPERNATURAL CRIME. BUT NOW THE QUEEN'S ASSASIN HAS BEEN DISPATCHED TO FETCH HER BACK--WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT. SUDDENLY MEREDITH FINDS HERSELF A PAWN IN HER AUNT'S DEADLY GAME. THE JOB THAT AWAITS HER: ENJOY THE CONSTANT COMPANY OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IMMORTAL MEN IN THE WORLD. THE REWARD: THE CROWN, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO LIVE. THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE: DEATH. THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD READ--i'M NOW LOOKING FOR OTHERS IN THE SERIES!
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Meredith Gentry, a princess of the high court of faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. The queen's assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back-whether she likes it or not. Meredith finds herself a pawn in her aunt's deadly game. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown-and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.
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THIS IS THE FIRST MERRY GENRTY BOOK I HAVE READ. I REALLY ENJOYED THE BOOK. A VERY GOOD READ.
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Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of faerie, is posing as a human in LA, working as a PI specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen's assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back--whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her aunt's deadly game. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown--and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

Like this series better than Anita Blake series.
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I loved this whole series...I actually picked this series up while waiting for the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series to continue. Was a nice surprise.
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If you like the later books in the Anita Blake series chances are you'll probably enjoy A Kiss of Shadows which is written by the same author but deals with faeries, goblins and other creatures instead of vampires and shapeshifters.
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A great read; one of the better ones in the "Meredith Gentry" series
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Vampire novel with romance novel overtones.
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loved it can't wait for the next one.
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A book worth rereading
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I enjoyed this first book of Meredith Gentry so much I cant wait until I can read the 2nd one!
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love the new series - cant wait for next one
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I loved this book! The start of it is a bit slow but after a few pages it really gets rolling. I couldn't put it down.
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Excellent was one of my keepers. Meredith Gentry princess of the high court of Fairie. 1st one in series.
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An erotic book but I LOVED the whole storyline! I cant wait to read more in this series.
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Excellent Laurell Hamilton
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Great book! Paranormal action and adventure at its best.
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Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of Fairie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen's assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back--whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt's plans. The job that awaits her? Enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward? The crown--and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty if she fails? Death!
Grade AAA sword and sorcery, with a definite sensual bent.
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More Erotica than Anita Blake. An interesting story to say the least.
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It was ok. A good start to the series, but I lost interest as I read the second and third (which I didn't finish).
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I loved it. Action and suspence. Both me and my current roommate Anna loved this book and cant wait to read the next.
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A very grown up existance of fair tales as we know them. Meridth Brooks seems to be a normal every day dective @ an agency that specializes in the demon fey existance(you may have an oger for a next door neighbor) Buy she's really a fairy princess hiding from her evil sadistic auntie, The Queen of the Darkness...
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Great book. Laurell K Hamilton has created a very interesting world of fairies.
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Three years ago, Princess Meredith fled the court of her cruel Aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness, leaving that garden of decadent delights and backstabbing intrigues for the comparative calm of Los Angeles. Using her magic to pass for human, Meredith began a new life as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now Doyle, the Queen's chief bodyguard and assassin, has been dispatched to fetch her back--whether she likes it or not. The product of a marriage designed to cement peace between the rival Seelie and Unseelie courts, Meredith has always been scorned by both factions in spite of her royal blood. But that blood is behind the Unseelie Queen's surprisingly urgent summons. For ever since the fey's exile from Europe to America, their power and purity have been fading. Desperate to renew her race, Queen Andais now pins her hopes on a contest between Meredith and her own son, the sadistic Prince Cel. The first to produce a child will win the throne. The loser's reward will be death . . .

*taken from the author's website

I love the Merry Gentry series!
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Hardcover book which I replaced with a paperback. It's a great read. I believe this is the first in the series. If I may suggest: buy them all and read one right after the other. Makes for a better read.
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It was an okay book written by an okay author. Merry is Anita Blake, there is no difference really between the two; They even have the same dialog. The supporting characters are the same but with different names. The only real difference I see is that over sexualization of characters within this series starts right away, where as the Anita Blake series takes awhile. I ejoyed the first 5 or so books in the Anita Blake series, but not the rest. I understand that there are people who like her soft porn, but if you only liked the first batch of books from Anita Blake you will not like this series. Laurell Hamilton needs a new personal fantasy to write about.
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This book was complete bilge! I have never before picked up and read a greater mass of useless of erotica in my life! I had to stop on page...40? I think it was. I love Laurell K. Hamilton, I am a DIE-HARD fan, but I guess that is why this book was disappointing, we all know she can do MUCH better!!
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excellant book tring to find more by her.
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Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a PI specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen's assasin has been dispatched to fetch her back-whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her aunt's deadly game.
The job that awaits her: enjoy constant company of the most beutiful immortal men in the world.
The reward: The crown-and the opportunity to continue to live.
The penalty for failure: Death.
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This book was quite different from the Anita Blake Book. Their is a lot of intrigue and very little fighting. I like this book a lot, but am puzzled as to why these books are so much shorter than the Anita Blake series. Still I find that I'm hooked and since I've finished all the books in the Anita series I'm now moving onto this new series of Laurell Hamilton and so far I can say that I'm not disappointed. I love her writing style and I love how her books are fast paced.

Their are many places to find a summary about this book so I'll give a quick snip-it.

This book is about Meredith NicEssus,Princes of the high court and niece to the Quine of Air and Darkness.

She has lived for three years hidden from all who know her. She has lived and worked in LA until a job exposed her for who she was. Now she escorted back to court by the Queen's Royal Guard and even before she arrives her life has been threatened over and over again. Many want her dead, but none more than her cousin, Son of the Queen. The Queen has no love for her and has even tried to kill her when she was but a child. She would kill her now except that she wants something from her, and what the Queen wants is what the Queen get...... In the mean time is all a matter or survival.
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Great Story
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Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen's assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back-whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt's plans. The job awaits her; enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown-and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.
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Laurell K. Hamilton revitalized vampires, werewolves, and zombies in the popular Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. In this new series, she updates faeries. A Kiss of Shadows introduces Merry Gentry, a.k.a. Meredith NicEssus, a faerie princess of the Unseelie Court, where politics is a blood sport. Merry, who's part sidhe (elvish), part brownie, and part human, never really fit in. She's short, not skilled in offensive magic, and mortal because of her human blood. These are real liabilities when your family, especially aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, is out to kill you. Merry has been in hiding for three years, living in Los Angeles and working for the Grey Detective Agency, which specializes in "supernatural problems, magical solutions." A new case sets her against a man who uses forbidden magic to seduce fey women and drain their power. A plan to trap him goes awry and Merry's cover is blown. Now Andais knows where she is. But things have changed in Andais's court, and Merry is changing too.
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I liked this book. It is the introduction to Meredith.
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Too hard core for me, I like them fluffier. Wasn't able to finish it.
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meredith Gentry, fey princess, is working as a private investigator in L.A. Suddenly she receives a summons to appear at court and fight for her crown.
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The first of the Meredith Gentry novels. Meredith is summoned back to court to take her rightful place. The reward, to live and the crown, the penalty for failure is death.
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I liked it a lot more than I thought I would...it actually has a plot! =)
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Good Read. A bit Short for my taste
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LOVED IT!!!
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I enjoyed this, though I found the pace a little slower than what I am used to from LKH. The first of Merry Gentry series, that might explain the slower pace, as she was setting up her future works. Listed on Bookcrossng. I'd appreciate it being journaled there. :)
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Wonderful vampire tale!