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A Kiss of Shadows

(Merry Gentry #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  54,858 ratings  ·  1,929 reviews
My name is Meredith 'Merry' Gentry, but of course it's not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don't even know why...

I fled the high court of Faerie three years ago and have been in hiding ever since. As Me
Mass Market Paperback, 468 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published September 30th 2000)
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Kat Kennedy
There was a lot about this book that I didn't like, but only some of it can be legitimately complained about.

I can't really complain about the amount and type of sex in this book like I could for Anita Blake because, unlike Anita Blake, this book is meant to have sex in it! It is Erotica.

Sure, the silent, gaping, hole where my soul is shrieking over the tentacle sex would be fun to discuss, but I really can't. I highly doubt many people would pick this book up without knowing that it's freaky be
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
😇 I Decline All Responsibility for this One the Only Reason I am Reading it is because the MacHalos are Collectively Holding a Gun to my Lovely Little Head Buddy Read (IDARftOtORIaRisbtMaCHaGtmLLHBR™). With the Sadistic MacHalos. Duh 😇

💀 DNF at 54%. And someone should seriously consider giving me a medal for making it that far.

Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Good thing I was in a good mood when I DNFed read this one.

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Renee Nicole
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Renee by: Diane ~Firefly~
I've created one long run-on sentence to plot this book for you. English majors, turn away now. Okay... Ready?

Merry has a boyfriend who used to be a seal and when they had sex he turned back into a seal so she ran away with a guy who has tentacles all over his torso and started to have sex with him but they were interrupted by a hag who she turned inside-out and thus found out that she was wanted back as a princess in her fey court which meant that she needed lots of sexy hunky guards all around
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Laurell K. Hamilton is consistently a woman ahead of her time.

It started with her Anita Blake series back in 1993. Yes, that’s right—1993. I was . . . well, I’m not going to tell you how old I was in 1993, but suffice it to say, I was young enough that my mother wouldn’t want me reading an adult UF series, and that was BEFORE the Big Shift from straight-up UF to UF/erotica that took place in 2001 with book 10.

So first H
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A girl could never have too much jewelry or too much weaponry.
Yeah, girl!

I'm waffling between 3 & 4 stars, so I rounded up. I saw the synopsis of this book and thought I would read it because I love anything Fae. I'm a Faerie-Lover. I love all of the crazy creatures - the dark and light. I love the folk-lore, and even love Fae politics. So, what would I not like about this book?

The only thing I didn't like was how much of a "Faerie-Lover" Merry Gentry is. She is more like a Faerie-whore beca
Nov 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I would rank Hamilton as one of my favorite writers, but for her fatal flaw. She creates wonderful characters and settings, but inevitably she has to bog them down with in your face sexual situations.

Kiss of Shadows is no different. In this book Hamilton does a wonderful job of creating a strong female protagonist, Merry Gentry, and describes an intricate fairy world that she belongs to, full of strange creatures and filled with political intrigue. But in order to enjoy Hamilton's skill at descr
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
When Lauren and I prepared to go to upstate NY a little over a week ago, we looked around the Providence library's website for audio books we could download. Although I wasn't familiar with her work, I'd heard an interview with Laurell K. Hamilton on one of the podcasts to which I listen, and the first book of her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series wasn't available, but the start of her newer Meredith Gentry series was available.

We've very much enjoyed Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, and f
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

It's like "Game of Thrones", but with fairies and sex. I love it.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Adrianna by: Shelli
Shelves: fantasy
When my friend first recommended this author to me, I wasn't expecting much. If Laurell K. Hamilton was so good, why hadn't I heard of her before? One of the main reasons she remained under my book radar was because I usually stick to historical romances and even then specific authors of the genre. The first couple of pages in A Kiss of Shadows left me blown away. Hamilton creates a world that blends multiple genres: fantasy, science fiction, suspense/thriller, and even romance. I knew it would ...more
I finished last night. 1 star. It's too much, yet not really anything at all. Plus, just like Anita, Merry has no women friends. All other women are competition. And much like Anita (who was a Christian virgin right?), Merry has qualms about public sex then proceeds to almost bang guys in very public situations. Just TRYIN TOO HARD to have an actual plot to tie all the sex scenes together. ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Merry Gentry lives in LA and works as a private detective, but in reality, she is Princess Meredith, a Sidhe Princess, niece to Queen Andais of the Unseelie Court. She has been in hiding for three years because her aunt is out to kill her. But she is discovered and must return to her home to face her aunt and Cel, the next in line to the throne.

You may be aware that I've been reading the Anita books and, well, don't really like them all that much. So why I am reading LKH's paranormal erotica ser
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I did not like the Anita Baker series so I was almost certain I was going to have a problem with this one, turns out I was wrong. This, IMO, is vastly superior to the Anita Baker series, Anita was a ninny hammer I just could not stand so Merry is a bit of a relief.

Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Awhile back, my husband gave me a ton of new books. Laurell Hamilton was one of the authors and I was super stoked!

I read the entire Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series at light speed. I love that series! And it was because of that series, that I suffered through the first book of the Meredith Gentry series.

Meredith Gentry is a fae princess in a volunteered exile, using glamour to hide her real identity from everyone.

I always give a series / a book a chance. I have to tell you, the ONLY reaso
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I'm not a huge fan of Faerie Urban Fantasy, but, despite my thinking various parts of this were absolutely ridiculous (costumes ripped from low-budget porn, the veritable 'taste the rainbow' aspect of the men, and, um, well, a lot of other things), I did actually enjoy this one. Looking forward to the next and hoping there's less clunky exposition. ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, romance, paranormal
There are certain aspects that appear in all of Laurell K. Hamilton's books. For example:

Anita and Merry are both short. - Now, I don't mind this because I'm short too, so it makes me feel nice and at home.
Anita and Merry both have big boobs. - Okay, sure, I guess if we all had our wish we'd all have an ample bosom too.

But then we start getting a little more ridiculous...

Anita and Merry both like their men to be softer looking, more effeminate. - What is wrong with a little muscle? Or variety? I
Ok, I have to admit, I liked it.

I'm not a big fan of so many strange sex partners, but I try to keep an opened mind and not to judge. Plus, there were some... interesting stuff from time to time.
What I really liked though was the world builder. The plot was pretty complex and the whole book just seemed to fly by. And seeing that there are (way too many) long, useless passages, that's saying something!
So yeah, I enjoyed this book, though it had its strange parts. I'd say it's worth a try at least
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read and still completely enjoyable. I really do love this dark, sexy faery world.
Men with ankle length hair, over six foot tall, hundreds of years old with interesting back stories. And of course the sexy Merry. Cannot wait until I get into the hotter and heavier stuff in the next books.
Beanbag Love
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just a quick one here. I got this as a Kindle freebie and I'd never read Laurell K. Hamilton so I was thrilled to take a look. It wasn't a totally exciting, satisfying read. But it's very good and the world is nice and specific.

It's not a romance. There's a lot of sex, but this is a story about fae politics, so it's all done with a different intent. It's also obviously the first in a series because we're left with many questions. A lot of characters are introduced and they can be hard to remembe
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was not your typical 'fairy' tale! It is packed full of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll! Kidding. There was no drugs or rock n' roll. I loved that the action in the story started out strong and doesn't seem to come up for a breath. It was one of those books that made it hard to put down because there was really no good stopping place.
I really liked Merry. She was such a kink-ass heroine! Wait. Did I say kink? I meant kick! Kick-ass heroine. Ahem. Sorry. She had suck a reali...Sorry again.
After this reread had to upgrade my original rating. This is does such an excellent job of weaving an extremely complete world for a reader to become immersed. Their are so many little quotable passages, makes it frustrating to be reading a physical copy. Unlike my Kindle, can't highlight without ruining my copy.
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
There was some interesting world-building going, the foundations of the plot were laid... and then it turned out to be smut. Oh, well, I'd pretty much decided to give up on this author in the middle of her Anita Blake series, so I didn't have high expectations of this one. ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
First in the Meredith Gentry erotic urban fantasy series revolving around a part-brownie, part-fey, part-human Faerie princess who fled Faerie lest she die. The story takes place in Los Angeles and in Cahokia, Illinois.

My Take
I want to say there was less depth to this story than in her Anita Blake series, although it's possible that the similarity of her Merry character is simply too much like Anita, and it feels as though Hamilton is cheating, that she can't be bothered to create another strong
Silvia Andrito
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ll start with a little bit of background of my experience with Ms. Hamilton’s writing. About 10 years ago I started reading the Anita Blake series. At first, I liked it a lot but as the series progressed the crimes got gorier, the sex got more meaning-less (she just started having sex with everyone), in some ways it became repetitive. It was very formulaic. She would find one impossible crime that was very gory, she will be the only person who could fix it and then she will have sex with more, ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-re-reads
I'd forgotten how good the plots of this series were! ...more
I thought I'd give Laurell K Hamilton another chance, that my problems with the Anita Blake series might be confined to that series and Anita herself. I was wrong. In this, a different series starring Merry Gentry, the half-human sidhe princess, everything that irritated me most about Anita was front and centre; the feeling that the heroine is an author avatar for Hamtilon to 'live out' her fantasies, pages and pages of descriptions on the most awful outfits imaginable, the heroine standing arou ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
This was a big surprise to me. I fully expected to hate it, but it's a very compelling and interesting read! I ended up almost loving it :D I couldn't wait to start book 2[I'm at 20% already]! ...more
Vaishali • [V.L. Book Reviews]
I MUST read this series...if this series was still out in paperback I would absolutely buy it!
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not really sure what I did just read, but this book was WOW! Like the fantasy of every woman of the planet came to life!
Just wow!
Sep 19, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Wendy
7 April 2014: $1.99 on Kindle - Had to share! Bwahahahaha!! Probably because there's a new book (finally) slated to come out this summer! Which I fully intend to read thanks to my masochism.

Thanks to my friend Cory's review of Blood Noir, Book 16 in the Anita Blake series, a massive group re-read/read has been scheduled for 1 September 2013. Go here for details, to check it out, or to join up.

As I'm not quite masochistic enough to make myself read the Anita Blake series, and I've been thinking a
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Anita Blake after book 9
This is a decent read, it's straddling the line of UF and Erotica as LKH is known to do. If you've read Anita then you know what to expect from LKH, sex, sex sex and more sex. At least this series is a bit more up front about it vs Anita.

The story is a bit disjointed I mean pretty much Merry is bed hopping as soon as we meet her and I couldn't figure out why or what the reasoning was behind it. Other than she is fey and likes sex.

The overall plot is interesting in this story to say the least. I
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more

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