A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell.K.Hamilton

A Kiss of Shadows

A surprising book for me, given the mixed reviews I was hesitant to pick this up. But when Amazon had a sale and it was free, then it was rude not to!

Book Synopsis:

A Los Angeles private investigator with a strange speciality – supernatural crime, Merry has an even stranger secret: she’s a Faerie princess in hiding, and on the run from her own otherworldly realm. For her aunt, the malevolent Queen of Air and Darkness, has dispatched her chief bodyguard back to the mortal world to fetch Meredith back, whether she likes it or not. She is to be the pawn in a plot that will transform the future of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Her role: to enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful – and immortal – men in the world of the Sidhe. Her reward: the crown. The penalty for refusal: death…

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I confess I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. The reviews were terribly mixed, I had read guilty pleasure by Hamilton and had really enjoyed it. So end the end I said why not?

Firstly, if you are not up on Fairy lore, you may find yourself slight confused. Hamilton describes little about what the Unseelies & Seelies are about. But for me, I got the gist of it, and that was fine. Merry (Princess Meredith) is a very sensual character, she comes from a robust upbringing due to her mixed blood. Though she has turned into a determined woman, intent on living her life her own way. Hiding out in the LA, she works as an investigator of the supernatural kind. She has a good relationship with all her colleagues, but hide her identity in order to keep them safe from her Aunt the Queen of Air and Darkness.

Not to give anything away, but in a nutshell and investigation goes askew and her identity is exposed. Captured Merry is taken back to the life she desperately ran away from, though the closer she gets to home, the more determined she is to survive if not thrive. I will stop there, in regards to the story as it might fall into the spoiler category.

I found the book to be really descriptive, the world building was fantastic and her characters unique in their own way. The plotline was a little erratic at times, but I felt it added to the chaos that was apparent in this book. Yep, there was a lot of intimate scenes with a variety of people. Now if you not comfortable with that, then please do not read this book. Hamilton is well known for her varying sex scenes with different/multiple partners.

I felt the sex scenes were appropriate to the theme, in the book Fairies are well known for being nymphomaniacs. I was happy with the twists and turns, plus the challenges Merry had to face.

Overall, a slightly drawn out read due to the world and character building but I like the story. I was rooting for Merry at times and was really impressed with her resolve. Upon finishing this review, I confess I am not sure if I would pick up the next book in the series…

Rating: 4/5

4 Stars



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