Mistral's Kiss

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Narrator: Laural Merlington
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: December 2006
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Overview

I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of fairie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.
My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in fairie - trapped here with some of the realm's most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguardsand my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.
Now Mistral, Queen Andais's new captain of the guard, has come to my bed - defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic, mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives. Not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.
If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in fairie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive.

Reviews (7)

Fairy Land

Written by Lucie from Richmond, KY on July 31st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Laurell K Hamilton has a lot of imagination and that's what the book is all about. The story plot takes place in a kingdom with queens, princesses and the court. Of course ,reality is mixed in and deliveries an amazing story with intrigues and plots you never saw coming. A very good read !

Mistral's kiss

Written by Lucie on July 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Laurell k Hamilton has a brilliant mind. Her sense of details adds depths to this fantasy story. Her stories brings you in another dimension were splendor , violence and incredible characters live under their one rules. It's a strange story but full of wonderful surprises. It"s an amazing book trek and i was dazzled by it.

Too odd.

Written by Anonymous on November 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Hard to follow, wierd, and not enjoyable. I shut it off half way through.

Mistral's Kiss

Written by Victoria Jones from Kiln, MS on October 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The best story in the series yet! Can't wait for the next one. I could almost see Fairy and feel it's magic. Great narration!

Mistral's Kiss

Written by Amy Deshaies on October 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I tried to get through this, after recently listening to another Merry Gentry novel- I just couldn't. It gets very tiresome...a lot of sex and not much substance. This disapointed me because I love the Anita Blake series.

Snooze Alert

Written by Ryan Gilbert on March 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love Laurell K. Hamilton's stories, but wow, this one sucked. I finished it in 3 days, and when it was over, I couldn't tell you of anything that signiciant that I remember. Their was no storyline whatsoever. I mean NONE. I've never had that with a book. It just prattled on with no clear direction or purpose. The book was mainly all about the metaphysical sex. That was it. Scene after scene of metaphysical sex. Enough already. How about some plot and some storyline. That's what I love about Hamilton's stories, is her ability to write such a creative story that no authoer has ever done, sprinkled in with metaphysical sex. This was like reading Penthouse letters. I was very disappointed in this book, and do not recommend it to anyone.

Mistral's Kiss

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was disappointed by the lack of story line and overabundance of sex scenes. I loved earlier Laurell K. Hamilton books. But the most recent offerings, most especially this one, have sacrificed the smart, in-depth characterizations and interactions in order to focus on metaphysical sex. Frankly, the book was boring.

Author Details

Author Details

Hamilton, Laurell K.

Laurell K. Hamilton was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Sims, Indiana, a hamlet with a population of about one hundred souls. Laurell's mother died in a car crash in 1969, after which time her grandmother held the household together. Her mother's death, her grandmother's role in raising her, and having grown up with no men in the home are "the three things that made me who I am," she says. She still believes she would have grown up to be a writer regardless.

Laurell says that it was her grandmother, Laura Gentry, who was responsible for Laurell's interests in things that go bump in the night. Mrs. Gentry related tales of horror originating in the hills of Arkansas, the state where she grew up. From those stories Laurell got this lesson: "Rawhide and bloody bones will get you if you aren't good."

When Laurell was 13, she discovered a short story collection titled Pigeons from Hell. "It was the first heroic fantasy I'd read. It was fights, swords, monsters. I decided not only did I want to become a writer, it was this I wanted to write." She chanced upon another book in the high school library, The Natural History of the Vampire. She read it so many times she nearly memorized it. It was sometimes suggested that her choice of creepy films and stories were unseemly since, after all, her girlfriends played with dolls.

To that Laurell says only: "I wasn't like most girls. "

Laurell does not shy away from sex or violence in her books. "I want a kiss to be so believable it give the reader shivers. Two things I do well in books are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence are only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Before her writing career kept her so busy, Laurell volunteered at an animal shelter. She also has a degree in both literature and biology. Laurell is a self-admitted technophobe, though she is learning to use email with help from her friends.

In 1994, Laurell published her first Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter book, GUILTY PLEASURES, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has written nine additional Anita Blake books, and in October, 2000, began the New York Times bestselling Meredith Gentry series for Ballantine Books. She says she writes because to not write—even for her own enjoyment—would be like not breathing. It is just something she has to do. She now resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, her young daughter, three pug dogs, and an ever-fluctuating assortment of fish.