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A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry #1) – Laurell K. Hamilton

Sorry I have been on vacation for the last little bit and haven’t been able to post my review.  I finished this one while I was at the beach.


My name is Meredith 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 Merry Gentry, I am a private investigator for the Grey Detective Agency: Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions. My magical skills, scorned at the courts of Faerie, are valued in the human world. Even by human standards, my magic isn’t flashy, which is fine by me. Flashy attracts attention and I can’t afford that.

Rumour has it that I am dead. Not quite. I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. To speak that name after dark is to call down a knock upon your door from a hand that can kill you with a touch. I have been careful, but not careful enough. The shadows have found me, and they are going to take me back home, one way or another.

So the running is over. But the fighting has just begun…


I liked this book once I was able to get into it.  It takes awhile for it to get going, at least it did for me.  The author is very detail oriented so that takes a lot of time and there is a lot of politics in “Merry’s” world and it can be a little hard to follow.  There are a lot of people involved in the storyline.  I loved the author’s imagination to create this Fae world.  It is very intricate and big.  It makes for a very compelling story and allows you to feel like it could totally be within the realm of possibility because of how closely her world resembles our world.

The only thing that I had a problem with was that I could not relate to “Merry”, the Fae princess, but that would kind of be hard for anyone to relate to.

The world consists of Goblins, “Real” butterflies (that can drink your blood), beings that are 13 feet tall, immortals, Shape shifters, ect.

I love being able to get lost in a world that is not quite real but it’s still on the fringe of possible.

There is a lot of graphic sex and violence in this book but if you loved/liked Laurell K. Hamilton’s “Anita Blake” Vampire Hunter series then you will like these.

I recommend these for adults who want a little romance, a little fantasy and a little action/mystery.

List of Books in Order:

A Kiss of Shadows

A Caress of Twilight

Seduced By Moonlight

A Stroke of Midnight

Minstral’s Kiss

A Lick of Frost

Swallowing Darkness

Divine Misdemeanors

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