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Stalking Tender Prey

(The Grigori Trilogy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In The Grigori Trilogy No. 1, The Grigori are an ancient race. Powerful people, possessing abilities and senses humans do not have. They live among us, their presence clear to those who have eyes to see...Owen and Lily Winter, twins, always knew they were different than the others, who lived in the quiet hamlet of Little Moor. Their mother dead, never knowing, who their fa ...more
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Published by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published January 1st 1995)
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This novel has all of the characteristics that make Storm Constantine such a compelling author. The world she creates is conflated from the Sumarian creation myth of Enlil and Ninlil with the ancient Kabbalah and more recent Christian Cabbalistic apocryphal influences, especially the myths of Shemyaza and the Grigori and even Enochian magic. Without any knowledge of these myths, the world seems real and almost likely. It would make a great neo-pagan spiritual system! With basic knowledge of thes ...more
Brandon Witt
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have never read any other book like Stalking Tender Prey, so there is really nothing I can compare it to. Truly original. There are only two downsides to this book, so I will start with those. It took me a long time to get through because it lost me in the beginning (the first 60 pages or so) and again at the end (the last 30). The rest more than made up for it. Completely sucked me in and left me panting for breath. The other semi-negative is that it doesn't really end, it just sets up for th ...more
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hard core action-ready fantasy readers
Just plain delicious. Deals with the Grigori, children of the fallen angels, the Watchers, etc. Very very different take on angels - more like they're supposed to be rather than cutsey wutsey cherubs and all that hogwash.

Great character development; allusions to sexual acts - hetero/homo/bi - may turn some readers off BUT these instances are essential to the rapid pace of the story.

I definitely give it one of my highest ratings - but then again, you might suspect I'm a big fan of Storm Constanti
Ashke B.
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm at a loss of how to review Constantine's magnum opus. It's a story that touches on some very base and primordial topics, and invokes the poetic feelings of early Clive Barker and Poppy Brite, with some Neil Gaiman thrown in. It's a blunt book, but I really didn't find it that graphic- it's incredibly tasteful and sensual instead.The plot is adequate enough, and is satisfying in how little you know throughout the book, and how many layers are built up before being peeled back. But the love, c ...more
I know I'm supposed to review each book individually, but since I sort of inhaled the entire trilogy one after another, I'm going to have to review them all in one breath.

First of all, full dislosure, Storm Constantine has branded my reading/writing history almost as deeply as Tanith Lee has. So I'm naturally biased. I have a very one-track mind, and if I decide that I like someone's writing, I will like it until the universe burns down into a shriveled, black cinder (unless Author does somethi
This is one of the best books I read all year (2012). Considering how many years it stood on my book shelf, ignored and seemingly unappealing, I was in for a stupendous surprise.
At a time when most fantasy literature seems to copy Tolkien or presents the umpteenth version of the vampire archetype, I was impressed by the truly original theme, which delves deep into ancient Mesopotamian myths, which, after all, predate the Old Testament and the Judeo-Christian definition of our world. I'm a perso
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an excellent read. I have read Storm Constantine's Wraethu books and wasn't sure I would like this series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were just as good. This series has beings called Grigori that came to earth and settled and proceeded to help the human inhabitants of Earth develop into the society that we know today. These beings weren't supposed to mate with humans. But they did and created a race of hybrid humans. The Grigori generally thought that hum ...more
Marie France Asselbergh
Though an avid reader, I haven't read that much fantasy. I am interested though,so over the years I kept sampling stuff here and there but found little to get excited about. So far only Rice, Feist and Carey could 'spellbind' me. But once in a while, one strikes gold!
In short, it is well written, highly original and groundbreaking.
This is why, in my opinion:
I'm not into fairies or too much hocus pocus so I was thrilled to be served a fast-paced portion of Goth/horror/cult (somewhat reminiscent
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
For many years, writers I have respected have talked about Storm Constantine's work very fondly. I went into this with big expectations. Some were met - it's literate, well-thought out, drips with research, and introduces an intriguing universe - but sadly the context, a sort of wearily sex-laden sub-Ricean gothy obsessional riff on ManipulativeAngelBeings was... well, dull. I couldn't bring myself to care an awful lot about the obligatorily Strange And Pretty Teens at the core of the novel; the ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
As illustrated by the preposterous pen-name Storm Constantine, the writing style of Stalking Tender Prey is annoyingly pretentious. The feminist author couldn't decide if she wanted to write a fantasy/horror novel or make a stand against "female oppression", and ends up producing something in between. The result is a novel filled with female characters which all have magical feminine powers, and female intuition which is so powerful that everyone understands what everyone else are thinking at al ...more
Julia Phillips
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely brilliant! I never thought I would like a book better than Storm's Wraethhu trilogy, but this did it for me. The story focuses around the nephelim, the offspring of angels and humans, and the angels who 'fell' from heaven. A really imaginative take on the apocryphal Book of Enoch.

The second two volumes in the trilogy easily match the high standard of this first book.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, angels
Wow! What's not to love about this book? If you enjoy your fantasy that incorporates ancient Mesopotamian myth, angels that are otherworldly rather than the standard paranormal stereotype, dark sensuality, and a fantasy world built upon the lines of infinity....then I suggest you read this book. And even if you're not sure, give it a go anyway :)
Michael Feehan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not taking issue with how well the book was written, Ms. Constantine, but my ratings of a book are my feelings about it, not a measure of their literary value and I'm not comfortable with sex under duress.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy
This was actually really good (much better than I expected), but I got distracted in the middle and didn't finish it.
David Stolowitz
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fucked-up, brilliant dark fantasy about the archdemon Shemyaza wreaking havoc on a small English town.
Aug 07, 2011 added it
I first discovered Storm Constantine many years ago, at a time when fantasy fiction badly needed a good boot up the backside. Still love this trilogy.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mouthwatering...sinfully delicious.yes, I'm describing a book! Always liked tales of the Nephilim/Watchers. I'd definitely go look up more books of hers
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series because it is drenched with symbolism, interesting characters, and mythological history.
Susan Baumgartner
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it
My hubbie talked me into reading this because he liked Storm Constantine and is a big fan of lit that pushes the borders. Even he was disturbed by this one! The most unsettling book I've ever read.
Paula Gruben
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favourites
One of the sexiest stories I've ever read.
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or

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