A Kiss of Shadows (Paperback)
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Laurell K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter' novels have established her as a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is fresh, her style sensual, her characters leap off the page and her blend of the contemporary and the supernatural is both original and exciting. Now, in A KISS OF SHADOWS, she introduces readers to an unforgettable new heroine: Meredith Gentry. 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...Rich, sensual and full of earthly pleasures, dazzling magic and memorable characters, some as deadly as they are beautiful, A KISS OF SHADOWS is an unbridled tour-de-force of the imagination where folklore, myth and legend come together with thrilling, erotically-charged adventure.
Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher and industry reviews
'A wonderful excursion into the magic of desire' Alice Borchardt author of Night of the Wolf; 'As wild as the novel's premise is, memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun' Publishers Weekly; 'An edgy story of sex, violence and magic that manages to be both disturbing and entertaining. Highly recommended' Library Journal
UK Kirkus review
Successful author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Laurell K Hamilton introduces a new and enthralling character, Merry Gentry, half human, half sidhe. Fans of Celtic folklore will be dazzled by this new, colourful vision of the fey. Los Angeles accepts and conceals many aliens and in this exciting fantasy novel, mortals, monsters, magicians and assorted fey share this city in the new millennium. Merry a.k.a. Princess Meredith NicEssus has for three years been employed by the 'Grey Detective Agency, Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions'. Her limited magical powers make her a valued colleague and also protect her and her friends from the perils that threaten a Faery Princess. Merry fled the Faerie court after a near fatal duel convinced her that she had powerful enemies who would exploit her human frailties to the death. Despite these memories she is homesick for her own kind, however cruelly they treated her. Going under cover on a case involving enchantment, Merry is overwhelmed by a stronger magic and her cover is blown. Compelled to return to the Faerie Court, where she is third in line to the throne, Merry is guarded by immortals, but still needs all her own resources to survive the journey. Some encounters are fraught with supernatural danger while some experiences are erotically pleasurable. Celtic mythology with style and wit in today's America will fascinate and enchant readers of fantasy literature. Love and lust, pain and pleasure, power and enslavement, beauty and horror - all these elements in extremis are vibrantly portrayed by the author in a superbly imaginative Faerie story for adults. (Kirkus UK)
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