Title: A Kiss of Shadows
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2000
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Merry Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her — whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Merry finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown — and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.
(This is the first book in the Merry Gentry series.)
I decided to read this series after going through all of the books in Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I knew going into the series that this one would have more sex in it than the early Anita Blake books, and I’m going to reiterate that to anyone who reads this. This isn’t the series for you if you don’t like reading erotica. Seriously.
A Kiss of Shadows lays out the premise for the rest of the series, and introduces the major characters. Some of them I like, some of them not so much, but I liked the world-building and the way that Hamilton incorporated the fey into the modern world. I also liked that the main focus of the series – at least in this book – is the Unseelie court, the dark fey, and that she doesn’t shy away from their more … violent … nature. Some of the scenes in the book are not for the faint of heart.
I’m looking forward to continuing to read the series after this one. It’s a good setup book: not too much downtime, lots of action and intrigue. Definitely worth a try.