A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
I have been wanting to read this series since I started reading the Anita Blake series in 2009. Unfortunately, so many other books got in the way, until recently I borrowed the audio CDs from my Library.
I listened to this book whenever I could this summer, mostly during the time I had to research for my computer classes for college. I needed something to help me from going insane from the late hours of research, and Laurell K. Hamilton's A Kiss of Shadows definitely did it.
I knew what to expect with Laurell's kind of writing due to reading her other series, and I definitely felt this book made me realize why Laurell will also be an auto-buy author for me.
In A Kiss of Shadows, Laurell introduces the readers to Meredith Gentry, a private investigator who is also a faerie princess. She's hiding amongst the humans due to her kind trying to kill her. Her Aunt has been searching for her and something happens in the human world to bring Meredith in the limelight. The Queen dispatches her chief bodyguard, Doyle to fetch Merry and he happens to save her in the mean time. Meredith is not going to go quietly at first due to her having doubts about her Aunt. (I would have doubts too about this Aunt….because she is definitely one scary Fae Queen) When Merry finds out what her Aunt wants, Merry is skeptical at first, but then she realizes she has no choice in the matter any ways. Merry is going to fight for her life in the mean time because someone is out to kill her and she believe's it's the Queen's son (her cousin) or maybe her Aunt herself. Merry will have to recruit some of the other fae help and other supernaturals to help find out who is trying to kill her. It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth the while to go along with Merry and her crazy adventure.
Laurell didn't disappoint with the world building and introducing the characters of the world of the Fae. I enjoyed every bit of finding out about Meredith Gentry and how she went into hiding. I also enjoyed finding out all about the male characters in this world of Fae. There is also mentions of other supernatural creatures that may freak out some readers. If you've read Laurell's Anita Blake series, Laurell throws in some creepy characters, but they also tend to play a very significant role in the storyline.
There was a point in the story that the action in the story slowed down a bit and some of the characters did drive me crazy. Other than that, the first book to the Meredith Gentry series was an interesting read. It is different from the Anita Blake series, but Laurell gave me another strong female lead character that I can't wait to read more about in the next book.
I give this book 4 full moons and recommend it to readers of Urban Fantasy and readers that have read Laurell's Anita Blake series.
My thoughts on the narrator: Laural Merlington
I don’t usually listen to a lot of audiobooks with just a female narrator, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Laural Merlington narrating A Kiss of Shadows. She brought the characters and the story to life for me. She did make the Queen scarier though when she read her part. I even felt the tension from Merry’s point of view, whenever she had to confront her Aunt. I definitely plan on listening to the rest of the series now and I definitely would enjoy listening to other books from Laural.