Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
A Kiss of Shadows revolves around a half-mortal, half-magical, character named Merry. The fantasy world written by Hamilton is predicated on the idea that Fairies live alongside knowing humans. The story opens to Merry, an unseelie princess, trying to maintain her anonymity from the magical world. She had fled to live among humans as she fears for her life. The powerful Queen, her aunt, never liked her and his son hates her as well, so she tries to remain hidden. Ultimately, as the plot unfolds, Merry is re-acquainted with people from her past... as she does, the reader is introduced to them.
Overall, the story line is unique and creative. Hamilton's writing style is no doubt intense. She has a flair for description. However, I found so much over-described. Personally, I find that some authors knowingly write in excess, beautifully or not, to fill the pages... That said, this is a story that requires some vocabulary to understand what's going on. I checked online and found little to no information. Its not until the latter part of the 2nd book, that so much of what had been happening becomes clearer. Honestly, I wonder if it would be best to read Kiss of Shadows, then a Caress of Twilight (Book 2), and re-read Kiss of Shadows before moving forward in the series. Currently, I'm about a third of the way into Caress of Moonlight (Book 3), and once again, find myself lost with the introduction of new vocab and NO explanation. I find that I have to take breaks from the story... to give my brain a rest!
FYI: Of the Fairies, there are seelie (those of light) and unseelie (those of darkness). The magical species' are divided into the two courts - seelie and unseelie. Each with it's own rulers. The She species is represented in both courts. The She have historically dominated the Faerie population because of their magical capabilities. However, not all of the Faerie magical species are seen in both courts. Not all She have the same powers nor do they have them from birth... many grow into them. Also, Merry is mortal (being part human) whilst most of the Faerie world is viewed as immortal.
Yes, there are a good bit of erotic scenes but is weaved as a relevant part of the story so if you are not comfortable with this then this story is not for you. But Laurell weaves a fantastic story - vivid characters come alive with very creative characters and scenes and the narrator totally brings it home. I could barely put it down. A really fun listen for P/R fans - totally worth a credit!
It is a book I have read in the past and I enjoy the series and author, for the most part. I do admit that there is a lot of sex in the authors books both in the Anita Blake series (after book 5 or 6) and in the Meredith Gentry series, however, since I have read all the books I went into this knowing what to expect and how to find the fast forward button if necessary :) I still enjoyed the story.
I liked the narrator for Meredith and the male voices were OK, however, I did find that sometimes the performance felt rushed. Sentences ran together a little when a simple pause or change in inflection could have made the performance much better.
All in all I think if you are familiar with the author’s works and you go into the book with an open mind and willing to look at the story behind the sex scenes then it is an enjoyable story.
No, I don't listen to books twice.
Yes, great story and easy listen.
Just like all the characters - really sucks you in.
The author led me to the series. I enjoyed the story and the world. It leaves a lot of room for growth.
I liked the dynamic between the main character and the guard. I found that the story had too many characters and back story to keep up. I would need to read this book several times before I understand the world, culture and characters.
I am a fan of the Anita Blake series by this auther so I wanted to try this series out. I did not find it as thrilling. The story has all the elements I usually look for - paranormal, great characters, romance, sex, fighting, dynamic relationships...but it is missing something for me. I did not feel a need to read the second story or at least I did not want to spend $$ on it.
I absolutely love the series and the reader was pleasant to hear and she seemed like she enjoyed what she was reading.
Doyle. He is perfect in my mind. High intellect as well as common sence. Exotic and mysterious he is exactly how I hoped he would be.
Sensual and often bemused. Gentle
Magic, conspiracy, and the fate of the entire world of farie rest in the womb of one woman.
The reader was good but her mispronunciation of some of the names drives me nuts. Even in the back of the actual book it says Doyle's name is pronounced Dole.
I am the mother of two boys an RN and preachers wife. In my spare time I enjoy spending time listening to books. That keeps my hands free.
Keeps your attention.
Laural Merlington brings life to the characters. I liked the different voices she used for the characters.
The main character of this book Merry, is very well described and the details are great. I really began to recognize the main "men" all through the book. The story was entertaining and easy to follow.
I consume literature. I drive a semi-truck/tanker and have lots of time between my destinations so a good book is essential to my well being
In the top 20 percentile! I love Laurel's style.
I enjoyed that even though the main character is starting with the story in her 30's the author does not neglect her past. Its so important in character development.
Yes, She's a terrific narrator. I don't get tired of listening to her.
When Meredith brings Roane Finn back to his power by giving him back his seal skin.
Character development! Its the key to holding my interest in a story. Laurel develops her characters very well and holds the readers interest in them. You need to know what is going to happen next. I have read descriptive sex in stories before(A.N. Roquelaure-Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) but she brings it to life. No it's not all sex, the story itself is a great concept and written superbly.
If you're looking for low grade porn this is barely worth it. 1st 14 chapters very slow and mostly poor written soft core.
I tried to give it a chance to go someplace but it never did for chapters 1-17 nothing happens. Just could not get into the story, plot is there but there is just nothing worth listening to, not worth the credit.
disappointed that it was mostly seemed the author is in need to find something to do with her hands besides type
not worth the credit
I would recommend this audiobook because it kept me interested and I didn't get bored for fall asleep.
There is no comparison to her books.
Voice to the people of the book.
I have read this book before, I really enjoyed listening to it rather than reading it. I liked when she was in the roses.