Waiting on Wednesday: A Shiver of Light

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

A Shiver of LightShirver of Light

A Meredith Gentry Novel

By Laurell K. Hamilton

06 . 03 . 14

 Usually, I would post a synopsis of this book that is about to come out.  However, since this was and is such an AMAZING series–I am not going to ruin it for anyone by posting about what will happen in this latest book.  I will put the synopsis from the first up though!

I started reading this series in 2012, after the Borders Bookstore that I worked in closed and I ended up buying carts and carts of books at 90% off.  I had been looking at this series for awhile, but hadn’t gotten to them.  I started the first book, A Kiss of Shadows and could NOT put the series down.  I had thought that it was over, until I stumbled across this one on Amazon last week.  I am so excited. I really enjoyed Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series (more so in the beginning before it she went over the top with the sex scenes) and this series is just as good, possibly better (and shorter).  While this series, like the Anita Blake series, is about the paranormal interacting with our modern day world, instead of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, the Meredith Gentry novels focus on Faerie and the fae.  The writing is quick and witty, the action is tense, and the romance is swoon worthy.  I can’t wait to read this book, and am probably going to re-read all the others to hold me over until A Shiver of Light is released.

A Kiss of Shadows

A Kiss of Shadows

Meredith Gentry Novel 1

By Laurell K. Hamilton

01 . 18 . 2001

From the Back Cover: 

Enter a thrilling, sensual world as threatening as it is beautiful, replete with the consuming passions of immortal beings once worshiped as gods or demons.  Full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic.  A Kiss of Shadows will hold you under its hypnotic spell.  

Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of Faeries, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime.  But now the queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or not.  Suddenly Meredith 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 of failure: death.

Other titles in this series include: 

A Caress of Twilight

 

Seduced by Moonlight

 

A Stroke of Midnight

 

Mistral’s Kiss

 

A Lick of Frost

 

Swallowing Darknessss

 

If you enjoy books about Faerie, like Julia Kagawa’s series, and urban fantasy like Keri Arthur, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, and Devon Monk, you will love these books.

What are you waiting on…?

 

 

 

Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton

A long time “Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter” fan — I can’t not read each new novel Laurell K. Hamilton writes.  I did step away from the series for a while in the middle of Danse Macabre because, though I understand that the development of the ardeur (power fueled by sex)  story line required a lot of graphic scenes, I found the constant rounds of sex with no other plot boring.  I did,  eventually, catch back up.  I like the novels more now that Hamilton has focused back on the action.

In Affliction, Anita learns that Micah’s extranged father is dying.  Bitten by a zombie and suffering from a rotting contagion, he only has days to live.  Anita and her loves travel with Micah to say good bye and discover what new evil is brewing out west–threatening to rot the world.

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I enjoyed reading Affliction, but there are a few aspects of Hamilton’s style that take away from the story as a whole.  Primarily, how many times she gets into arguments about aspects of her personal life that have no bearing on her job with the law enforcement officers with which she is working.  .  Very often, the characteristics she attributes to the male law enforcement officers in the book are less than flattering.  Does no character around her have a mental filter? Seriously? As much as I realize some people may still have issues with women in authority and sexual freedom, Blake seems to encounter all the people too stupid to say nothing.

In general, I give Hamilton credit for her insight into her characters’ (both main and peripheral) psychological states.  However, Blake and her beaus are SO aware of their emotional issues and speak about them so much, that their discussions occasionally remind me of the dialogue in Dawson’s Creek–only with more angst.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do find the insights fascinating, but the constant talking occasionally bogs down the pacing of the plot.

The plot is what interests me most in Affliction.  I think Hamilton delivers a great zombie horror novel with an intriguing villain and a lot of action.  I appreciated that Anita had an unusual mystery on her hands–something that she didn’t know how to deal with immediately.  I think that the story progression was perfect; but I do wish that the ending had been fleshed out a bit more.  I loved the interplay between Micah’s family and Anita and her men.  The anxiety they felt before being introduced and their nervousness while meeting the in laws was endearing– and so easy to relate to!

Overall, I liked this novel. The plot was interesting, the actions horrifying and the interactions between the characters what emotionally compelling.  With a little less chest thumping between characters and more of Hamilton’s beautiful way of turning a descriptive phrase, this book would have been great.

 

If you like this series, you will also like:

Keri Arthur’s Full Moon Rising

Jenna Black’s The Devil Due