by Laurell K. Hamilton
A Kiss of Shadows
Ballantine, March, 2002.
Paperback, 468 pages.
Perennial bestseller Hamilton could have rested on her laurels with her well-received Anita Blake vampire hunter series, but instead she's created another fantastic world that her readers are sure to love. Merry Gentry is an actual faerie princess of the Unseelie Court, which is a dark and violent place. On the run from her homicidal Aunt Andais, Queen of Air of Darkness, Merry, aka Meredith NicEssus, lives in L.A. and makes a living working as a private detective for the Grey Detective Agency. The Agency specializes in supernatural problems, and the team's latest case is no exception. Someone is using illegal magic to seduce and murder fey women and steal their power. When Merry's cover is blown, she is forced to go back to the Unseelie Court to see her Aunt Andais. But Andais has a better torture planned for Merry than just some whips and chains. She's going to make her the heir to the throne -- as long as she can stay alive and produce an heir (notoriously difficult for faerie women).
Now out in paperback, A Kiss of Shadows is the first entry in what is turning out to be Hamilton's second bestselling series. Merry Gentry is smart, sexy and is at her best when her back is to the wall. She is surrounded by powerful, handsome men and their mutual attraction leads to quite a bit of sexual escapades. Laurell Hamilton's takes the urban fantasy genre and gives it new life with this thrilling and erotic series.
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This review was published in the July-August, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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