Note: this series is for reader 18 years and over
Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling series of novels featuring Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, established her as one of the hottest new writers of dark fantasy and erotic horror. Now, in a thrilling adventure of unbridled imagination, Hamilton turns her talents to the glittering, myth-drenched lands of Faerie and brings them brilliantly into the postmodern age. Enter a thrilling, sensual world as threatening as it is beautiful, replete with the titanic passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods or demons. Full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, Laurell K. Hamilton's A Kiss of Shadows will hold you under its hypnotic spell.
I really enjoyed this series and would give all the books 5 stars except the final book A Shiver of Light, I would give this 4 stars.
The series is the first in this genre I had read and it hit all the marks for me:
- Independent young woman who is very capable of defending herself.
- Not at first what she seems. Merry is a detective who solves crimes of the paranormal kind.
- Multi-layered characters (well mostly, as the series go along you suspect some of them are just there for the sex LOL)
- Gorgeous faerie men and more than one
- New-to-me world building and faerie-type characters
- Conflict and battles
I did find the last book dragged and could have been punchier. I suspect that was Laurell K Hamilton's loss of interest. Can't really say much about the last one without giving things away, but there was less in the romance department for obvious reasons. I do wish now that they are finished that she had more of an emotional connection with the character she claimed as her greatest love. Merry did spend a fair bit of time rescuing and caring for him but I didn't feel that she had the strongest connection to him out of all the male prospects. There certainly were some great guys in the mix. Overall I loved this series and look forward to re-reading them.
I recommend you take a look.
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