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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1)
A Kiss of Shadows - Meredith Gentry, Bk 1
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. — She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped. Her magic was always ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345423405
ISBN-10: 0345423402
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 812 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1) on + 50 more book reviews
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)
reviewed A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
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.
reviewed A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
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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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.
reviewed A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1) on
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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reviewed A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Good book. Good story line, but almost too trashy.
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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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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.