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 »chasing blind leads. Princess Meredith skiing in Utah. Princess Meredith dancing in Paris. Princess Meredith gambling in Vegas. After three years I was still a front-page story for the tabloids, though the latest headlines had been speculating that I was dead as the King of Rock and Roll...
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...« less
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.
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.
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....
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.