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After finishing the Anita Blake series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I started reading it and kept waiting for the story to start. I love Hamilton's writing style and feel that she developed her characters IN DETAIL. The only problem was that was what the book was about-a set-up for a series. We now know everything about all the characters and the conflicts, but still no story. Maybe after a sequel or three, this book will become absolutely fantastic-but if it never goes anyplace-it is definitely not worth the hardcover price. Others have commented on the sex scenes, and I guess that depends on where you are coming from in your reading. It doesn't make erotica criteria in my mind, and but it would rival authors like Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson, and Robin Schone in the romance field. A bit hard, but there are worse. Bottom line-unless you are a hard core fan, wait.
I really wanted to like this book... really. A fae princess in a modern day world outrunning her terrifying aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness? I was sold immediately. Unfortunately after trying very hard to get into it, the plot just isn't what I had thought it would be and so I have finally given up. I'm not a prude, I enjoy a little erotica in my books, but this is ridiculous. I felt like the main story was Merry's sexual indulgances and otherworldy beauty. That she was surrounded by a world full of interesting, mythical creatures mascarading in human skin and glamour, trying desperately to outrun her sidhe family and keep her friends out of danger in the meantime just got lost in the translation.
Racey Content, Pedstrian Writing Style still Enchanting (In Short)
If explicit "sex scenes" are not your cup of tea this is NOT the book for you!With that said, although the prose style isn't really to my taste,the ideas,are quite engaging. The world the author builds is interesting and complex. I did feel there were a number of inconsistencies in the plot developement and the "rules" of the Fairy Kingdom...but that might be me confusing things... .... The characters themselves I felt I grew to know and I wanted to Know them better ; )
I like the juxtaposition of fantasy worlds and real life...but you have to be willing/able to suspend your disbelief to enjoy this...just like other fantasy novels... Elf lovers will probably be fans : )
If you're the kind of person who flipped through the Anita Blake novels looking for the sex scenes, you'll love A Kiss of Shadows. Nearly every chapter has steamy erotica scenes with gorgeous men and men-shaped creatures. If you liked the Anita Blake series for the action, the mystery, and the excitement of a tough girl getting by on grit and gunfire, you should look elsewhere. I loved the sex scenes in the Anita Blake novels, and felt they added a nice touch to the series. On the other hand, just because the chocolate chips are my favorite part of trail mix, doesn't mean I want a bag of only chocolate chips. My review? Too much sex, not enough plot and character development.
The purchase itself was great-I've bought used books from this seller before and as always was very happy. It's the book itself that's the problem. I loved the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. Personally, the Merry Gentry books meh...
I REALLY wanted to like this series. The summary sounded intriguing, so I bought and read the first two books, A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. I doubt I'll be reading any more, though.
The biggest thing that turned me off in both books was the author's unnecessarily long and detailed descriptions of the characters, especially Merry and her men. I love vivid imagery as much as anyone else, but Hamilton leaves no room for imagination, spending multiple paragraphs describing every minute detail of his/her appearance. She can write two or three sentences just describing a character's eyes! So certain fairies have tri-colored eyes. Big frickin' deal. It's like she's trying to force you to love her amazing, gorgeous characters, but to me it comes across as petty and superficial.
Another killer for me was the main character. Hamilton goes on and on about how voluptuous and ethereal she is, which is obnoxious beyond belief. We know she's a beautiful redhead -- there's no need to keep reiterating it throughout the story. I don't care how beautiful she is, there is nothing about her that I like. She's vain, she dresses like a tramp, and she sleeps with anything that has a pulse. The entire plot basically revolves around her finding any excuse to have sex with as many men as possible. This is especially infuriating to me -- Merry is heir to the Unseelie throne, and whoever gets her pregnant will become her husband and the king of the Unseelie... YET SHE SLEEPS WITH LOSERS WHO SHE ADMITS WOULD NOT BE SUITABLE RULERS. That's incredibly immature and selfish on her part. She has so much responsibility on her shoulders, yet she's risking the well-being of her court so she can go have rampant sex, to hell with the consequences. I lost all respect for her at that point.
Overall, the series lacks "oomph". Hamilton sacrifices character development in favor of excessive sex scenes, which made it feel like cheap porn. A novel is NOTHING without strong character development. The plot started out interesting, but again, it degenerated into cheap porn. I give this series three stars, because there really were some imaginative and fun parts, but the negatives overshadowed what little substance there was.
It's basically smut, but the cover should tell you that. It's well-written and engaging, pretty enjoyable for what it is. The only thing I disliked was the constant 80s power suits... it was really jarring to read about double-breasted bright green blazers and dresses with cropped jackets!
While I'm not normally interested in reading what is basically a romance novel, I found this an interesting premise. I like different takes on things such as the sidhe. I always enjoy seeing what an author can come up with concerning old legendary peoples and creatures.
Good: The book is really well written and super-fast to read. The characters are interesting, and the whole "magical environment" is creative. Also, I like how the "magic world" blends well with the "real world".
Bad: Too many sex scenes that were only there for the purpose of having them there instead of moving the story along. It was ok at first, but to me it got old really fast. Also, I the whole book is set up as part one of a longer story, with a lot of time spend on introducing characters and starting story lines. I know that there are 7 or 8 additional books and I in general don't mind series, but I had hoped that each book is a finished story - and this book is definitely not.
Summary: Although I liked the book, I won't read more of this series. I don't want to commit to additional 7 or so books just to find out what's going to happen, especially with the fear that the writing style gets repetitive and thus boring. Too bad.