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[A Kiss of Shadows] [by: Laurell K. Hamilton] (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 26 feb 2002

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4.0 su 5 stelle Fae-based series begins with a BANG--as in guns b/c people get shot *wink* 18 maggio 2014
Di Jessica@RabidReads - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
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 Hamilton was one of the pioneers in the Urban Fantasy genre (if you could even call it a genre at that time), then she began shifting her writing into the largely unexplored territory of erotica.

That shift displeased many of Hamilton’s fans, and she was criticized for lowering the standards of popular fiction in general. She was attacked, and called all manner of nasty things, her writing referred to as “smut” and the so-called decline of her series the result of laziness.


I’m not going to undermine the outcry of the readers who genuinely have zero interest in the sexuality-driven series that Anita Blake became. If I hadn’t adapted (like multitudes of others), I would have also been hugely disappointed that a previously beloved series transformed into something I found utterly distasteful.

But I did adapt, and Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series has never been anything other than what it started as—Fae (YAY!) focused UF chock full of sexy times.

If that’s not your thing, then it’s not your thing. To each their own, and all that.

But do not try to convince me that Hamilton traded well-written, plot-driven books for sex, sex, and MORE sex, THE END, b/c it simply isn’t true:

"I leaned my back against the windows and the thick, hanging smog. The day was as grey as my boss, but his color was a cool, crisp grey, like clouds before a spring rain. What lay outside the window felt heavy and thick like something you would try to swallow, but you’d never get it down. It was a day to choke on, or maybe it was just my mood."

Say what you want about LKH, but girl can write.

So by now, most of you know that I love A-L-I-E-N-S. But there is one thing that I love even more than A-L-I-E-N-S and that is . . .


And LKH’s Merry Gentry series embodies precisely what I love about Fae—DELICIOUS ambiguity.

Are they good, or are they bad?

It has never been, nor will ever be that simple. At best you’ll find mostly good or bad Fae, but even then, the basic nature of the Fae is so capricious that you can never know what they’re going to do.

I LOVE that.

Another common theme in Fae-based books is difficulty with procreation, and this is certainly the case in A Kiss of Shadows.

The Fae, though practically immortal, have been dwindling for centuries. The Unseelie Queen has but one heir, her son Cel, who is becoming more and more unignorably unstable. Enter Merry, the Queen’s part-human niece, who is brought back into the fold and offered a bargain:

She can pick as many of the Queen’s personal guard as she wants as lovers, and if she becomes pregnant within the next three years, the Queen will abdicate, making Merry the new Queen, and the father of the child the Consort and King.

Guess how much Cel likes that proposition—abouthismuch<——no spaces = notalot.

Yes, there’s sex, and LOTS of it. But there’s also a good plot and lots o’ action as well . . . the other kind of action, get your mind out of the gutter. *snorts*

Also, the Fae folklore is spot-on. The Seelie, though not much of a presence yet, are believably depicted as the “shining ones” that are not nearly the creatures of goodness and light that humans perceive them to be, and the Unseelie are a multitude of hideous creatures, as well as the Seelie-like (in appearance anyway) royal sidhe.

Basically, I loved it.

I would recommend A Kiss of Shadows to anyone who doesn’t mind a healthy dose of sex in their UF, but especially to those who have read and liked (loved?) Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, or the independently published Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins. I won’t absolutely guarantee that if you like either of those, you’ll like this, but it’s a near thing, and given that this series predates Fever by 5 or 6 years, I think it’s safe to say that Merry Gentry paved the way for other books like this, Fever and Fae Chronicles included.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Stepping Stone to Magic and Adventure 3 agosto 2014
Di Brekke S. Ferguson - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
In anticipation of the release of "Shiver of Light", I decided to reread the entire Merry Gentry series because I love the series and I also needed a refresher course on some of the details.

The first in the series sets the stage well. We meet Merry and we start to meet the band of men who will become so important in her life, but we also realize that this fae princess is a bit more than fluff. Her life has definitely not been easy and yet she's made her way in the world with grace and style.

As the beginning of the series, the book stands out as a great foundation, but it is also a story that stands on its own which I love about Hamilton's writing most of the time.

I love her descriptions of faerie and I love how there are hints of what is to come in the future. I love that Queen Andais still makes me shiver despite having read the series at least three times.

There is magic here and it is not just in faerie but also in the writing. We meet Merry and we meet her friends in LA. We follow her on a case that is certainly dangerous and could have repercussions far beyond the obvious. We see how Merry interacts with police and get a feel for how that might change in the future once everyone knows who she is again.

It's a great place to start and I love it as much now as I did the first time I read it, though I will offer the caveat that if you're squeamish about sex scenes, the Merry Gentry series is DEFINITELY not for you.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Disappointed. 17 febbraio 2014
Di J. L. North - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
I REALLY wanted to like this series. The summary sounded intriguing, so I bought and read the first two books, A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. I doubt I'll be reading any more, though.

The biggest thing that turned me off in both books was the author's unnecessarily long and detailed descriptions of the characters, especially Merry and her men. I love vivid imagery as much as anyone else, but Hamilton leaves no room for imagination, spending multiple paragraphs describing every minute detail of his/her appearance. She can write two or three sentences just describing a character's eyes! So certain fairies have tri-colored eyes. Big frickin' deal. It's like she's trying to force you to love her amazing, gorgeous characters, but to me it comes across as petty and superficial.

Another killer for me was the main character. Hamilton goes on and on about how voluptuous and ethereal she is, which is obnoxious beyond belief. We know she's a beautiful redhead -- there's no need to keep reiterating it throughout the story. I don't care how beautiful she is, there is nothing about her that I like. She's vain, she dresses like a tramp, and she sleeps with anything that has a pulse. The entire plot basically revolves around her finding any excuse to have sex with as many men as possible. This is especially infuriating to me -- Merry is heir to the Unseelie throne, and whoever gets her pregnant will become her husband and the king of the Unseelie... YET SHE SLEEPS WITH LOSERS WHO SHE ADMITS WOULD NOT BE SUITABLE RULERS. That's incredibly immature and selfish on her part. She has so much responsibility on her shoulders, yet she's risking the well-being of her court so she can go have rampant sex, to hell with the consequences. I lost all respect for her at that point.

Overall, the series lacks "oomph". Hamilton sacrifices character development in favor of excessive sex scenes, which made it feel like cheap porn. A novel is NOTHING without strong character development. The plot started out interesting, but again, it degenerated into cheap porn. I give this series three stars, because there really were some imaginative and fun parts, but the negatives overshadowed what little substance there was.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Loved this book for the world that the characters live ... 29 gennaio 2016
Di Enemicus - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Loved this book for the world that the characters live in, how well the fey are researched, and the story itself. The characters are great in description and personality, and the story is excellent. This is a series I was sucked into easily, from the very first chapter until I finished the book, because I could NOT put this book down. Compared to the current Anita Blake series books being written by Laurell K Hamilton (My first series to have ever obsessively read) the mystery and personal dynamics are comparable, the main character (Strong independent female role, working as an investigator, with magic abilities, and very short with white skin and dark hair) is similar in some ways, but less inhibited as a person, the sex is interesting but uncomplicated, and the court dynamics are just fun and exciting.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Not a finished story 6 agosto 2014
Di Kerstin - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The book is really well written and super-fast to read. The characters are interesting, and the whole "magical environment" is creative. Also, I like how the "magic world" blends well with the "real world".

Too many sex scenes that were only there for the purpose of having them there instead of moving the story along. It was ok at first, but to me it got old really fast. Also, I the whole book is set up as part one of a longer story, with a lot of time spend on introducing characters and starting story lines. I know that there are 7 or 8 additional books and I in general don't mind series, but I had hoped that each book is a finished story - and this book is definitely not.

Although I liked the book, I won't read more of this series. I don't want to commit to additional 7 or so books just to find out what's going to happen, especially with the fear that the writing style gets repetitive and thus boring. Too bad.

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